Saturday 27 May 2017

Flight shutdown hits Iceland after wind changes

Patrick Lannin

Iceland's volcanic eruption was spewing far less ash last night and the plume of smoke was low, but a change of wind direction means the north Atlantic island's main airports are to close for the first time.

The volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier has been erupting for eight days and huge ash clouds led to European air traffic being grounded. But in a twist of fate, Iceland itself was set to be hit today after managing to stay open during the worst of the chaos.

"With a view to the ash distribution forecast for Friday it can be expected that the flight zone for Keflavik and Reykjavik Airports will be closed for a period of time," the Icelandic aviation authority said last night.

Irish Independent

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