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  • Limited Air Traffic Impact from New Icelandic Volcano (updated)
    Posted by Robert Wall 11:02 AM on May 22, 2011

    European air space, for now, is not being affected by the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano and there is little indication that there will be a repeat of the air travel breakdown that occurred a year ago when another volcano -- Eyjafjallajokull -- erupted.

    Icelandic authorities say  the ash plume reached a high of around 12 km.
    Air traffic in and out of Keflavik has been halted, however. And, Eurocontrol says, that is expected to remain the case.

    However, wind patterns suggest northern skies of Scotland could see volcanic ash on May 24 and, Eurocontrol says, the west of France and northern Spain could be affected on May 26.

    Eurocontrol notes that there is no impact on European or transatlantic flights. "The situation is expected to remain so for the next 24 hours," the European air traffic management agency says.

    Europe is still grappling with the after effects of last year's ash crisis, with regulators weighing adjustments in passenger rights rules as a result.

    Tags: tw99, ash, Iceland

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