Ash from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption will disrupt domestic flight schedules in Iceland today, at least until noon, as the airport in Reykjavík is closed. Some airports in Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands will also be affected.
An Air Iceland plane preparing to land in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
The Heathrow and Gatwick airports in London shut down at midnight but were reopened this morning. However, according to an announcement from British aviation authorities, air traffic will be limited close to the ash cloud, ruv.is reports.
Air traffic is partly banned in Scotland; the airports in Edinburgh and Aberdeen are closed. All air traffic in Northern Ireland is banned, but the airports in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds reopened at midnight.
The airport in Dublin closed last night and will remain closed until noon today. However, the ash cloud does not impact North Atlantic flights across the Irish airspace.
In the Netherlands the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam and the airport in Rotterdam closed at 4 am and will remain closed at least until noon today.
According to the Norwegian news agency NTB, the ash from Eyjafjallajökull might disrupt flights in Norway today—the Norwegian National Day. The ban would first affect airports in the country’s southwestern region.
According to Morgunbladid, delays can be expected to flights going through Keflavík International Airport.
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