Although there is nothing to indicate that the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull is coming to an end, it appears as if the ash cloud from the volcano will not disrupt any flights in Iceland in the coming days. All airports can remain open and flight schedules return to normal.
An Air Iceland plane prepares to land in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
“Both the weather forecast and different […] ash distribution studies give us a reason to be optimistic,” Gudjón Arngrímsson, information officer at Icelandair, told Morgunbladid. “According to what we have been working on, the schedule should stand at least for tomorrow morning, throughout the day and into the weekend.”
Matthías Imsland, CEO of Iceland Express, is also feeling optimistic. “The outlook is very good [today]. We must work out the delays that have occurred, so there will be some delays to begin with but on Friday the schedule will return to normal. I hope it is over for now. It appears as if this might mark the end of this irksome period.”
According to mbl.is, it has been confirmed that the volume of ash emitted from the crater has decreased and the area where the level of ash is above danger limits is much smaller than in the past days.
The ash cloud might affect flights to the Westman Islands today, but otherwise it shouldn’t cause any disruptions to flight schedules.
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