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Volcano Ash Creates Second Round of Airport Closures

Airports in the north of the United Kingdom are currently closed due to volcanic ash in the skies.

Glasgow airport, Glasgow Prestwick airport and Derry airport are all shut, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Belfast and Edinburgh international airports will also be closed in the afternoon of May 5, with Inverness airport shut during the morning. This is because there was a no fly ban in place, but it was lifted again at 1pm.

All three of the airports in Northern Ireland have faced disruption with the situation changing on an hourly basis. According to Brian Ambrose, the chief executive of Belfast City Airport, the airport was running at only 20 per cent of its normal capacity. Volcano Iceland Ash

The CAA advises travellers to check on their flights by phoning airports before travelling. That way the large queues which formed at airports the last time this crisis happened can be avoided.
This is the second time in a month that the erupting Eyjafjallajokull volcano in southern Iceland has caused flight chaos across the UK.

There is currently a warning on the Icelandic Meteorological Office website that activity from the volcano has increased resulting in an increase in ash over UK airspace.

On Wednesday morning an ash cloud descended across northern and western parts of the British Isles, including Northern Ireland and Scotland. Forecasts indicate that the ash cloud will continue to move further south, possibly affecting other western parts of the UK.

This further disruption follows a six day closure of UK and European airspace when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano first erupted. It is conservatively estimated that the UK economy lost some 500 million pounds due to grounded flights and missed business meetings. Those who were stuck in Europe scrambled across the continent, either using taxis or car hire, to get to the Eurostar in Paris.

There have been further warnings that the ash disruption chaos could last for a whole year.
Volcanologist and member of the Government's Cobra emergency committee, Bill McGuire, said: "[The problems caused by the Eyjafjallajökull volcano] haven't gone away. Previous eruptions have emerged over a year so it can carry on and on for a long time."

He added: "It is perfectly possible that there could be more bursts of ash and if the wind's blowing in the right direction it will affect the UK.

“But without a new vent in the volcano we won't see a repeat of the chaos that we saw last month. Certainly the prospects don't suggest that. However it is so long since the volcano last erupted that we cannot be totally sure."
Chloe Demaret
Posted: May 06, 2010 by Chloe Demaret 2 comments
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starting to get a little tedious now, more UK and European airspace closed today. Can they not put a plug in it!
5/12/2010 11:32:54 AM
All a bit nuts!
5/6/2010 1:23:26 PM