Wednesday 17 January 2018

Forecasters say no-flight order could ease tomorrow

Weather forecasters in Ireland today signalled a no-flight order imposed amid fears over the volcanic ash cloud will ease tomorrow evening.

Met Eireann said information from geological experts in London suggested the eruption in Iceland has virtually stopped and the plume may move north in the next 24-36 hours.

David Murphy, head of the agency's aviation services division, said he was optimistic the situation would dramatically improve after five days of almost total airspace shut down.

"The good news is that the most recent advice we have from the London Volcano Ash Advisory Centre is that the eruption has virtually ceased with only small amounts of ash and it goes up only to about 6,000ft," he told RTE Radio.

"If that continues, in other words if the eruption has ceased and remains stopped then the current ash plume will probably be blown away from the UK and Ireland overnight, by tomorrow night at the latest.

"There's a good chance that Ireland and UK airspace, or most of it, will be clear by some time coming into tomorrow evening or at the latest the following morning."

Press Association

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