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Flight Ban Continuous in much of Europe Today

Last night it was decided that flights would be banned in the greater part of northern Europe, at least for the first half of today because of drifting ash ejected from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland. Yesterday at least 5.000 flights across Europe have been cancelled. The odd fact is that in Iceland domestic flights were allowed on most routes and Keflavík International Airport remains open, even though many flights are cancelled due to the fact that airports on the other end are closed. This is due to the fact that winds carry the ash towards Europe.

The ash cloud as seen from a satillite on April 15

The ban applies to the UK where reports indicated that the ban might be in effect until at least 19.00 today Friday. The ban also applies partially or wholly to France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Ireland. The ash cloud remains thick and moves slowly to the east.

“It is likely that the production of ash will continue at a comparable level for some days or weeks. But where it disrupts travel, that depends on the weather,” Einar Kjartansson, a geophysicist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, told the Associated Press.

“It depends how the wind carries the ash.”

Since the flight ban is due to change all travellers should follow local news to hear how it might apply to their area.

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