The wind direction allows Keflavík International Airport to be open today—international flights at Icelandair and Iceland Express are mostly on schedule—although the volcanic ash from Eyjafjallajökull will disrupt domestic flights in Iceland.
Keflavík International Airport. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
It is likely that Keflavík International Airport will remain open throughout the day. The Icelandic airlines are able to fly to most of their destinations, although Icelandair had to cancel flights to Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.
Ash distribution forecasts predict that ash will be carried to the north and northwest today and tomorrow.
According to ruv.is, British aviation authorities will adopt new regulations on flying through ash-polluted air today, which allow airplanes to fly through areas that were previously no-fly zones.
However, airlines require permission from the manufacturers of their airplanes and engines first.
The regulations will take effect both in British and Irish airspace.
Aviation authorities argue that the safety of passengers is their first priority but since they did not have much experience on flying through ash when the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull began, regulations must constantly be modified.
The ash cloud from Eyjafjallajökull has caused extensive disruptions to flights in Europe, especially in Ireland and the UK.
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