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Close to 300 Flights Canceled, Ryanair Flew Into Ash

A total of 252 flights in Europe have been canceled because of the ash emitted by the Grímsvötn volcano in Iceland, most of which have been from Scotland to England. The ash has disrupted the travel plans of thousands of people.


Icelandair has been able to resume most flights from Keflavík International Airport. For further updates, click here.

The ash has also caused minor disturbances to air traffic in Denmark, according to the Jyllands-Posten. It is possible that the ash will be carried on to northern Germany and impact aviation there, reports.

According to the BBC, executives of the airline Ryanair decided to have experimental planes take off in Scotland to study the effects of the ash—they are very dissatisfied with the limitations on aviation in the Scottish airspace.

A Ryanair pilot was quoted as saying that he flew at an altitude of 41,000 feet without noticing ash in the upper atmosphere or any impact on the aircraft’s wings or body.

It is hoped that flights can resume in Edinburgh and Glasgow in the afternoon.

Please note: The next issue of the print edition of Iceland Review will include extensive coverage of the eruption. If you subscribe now, you will receive a photo book by IR editor/photographer Páll Stefánsson of the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull as a gift.

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