Flight arrivals and departures to Reykjavik Keflavik remain cancelled
Iceland’s main international airport remains closed as a volcanic eruption from the Grimsvotn volcano, which lies under the Vatnajokull glacier 200 kilometres east of Reykjavik sent a plume of ash 25 km into the air. “The ash cloud is expected to reach northern Scotland on Tuesday 24th May,” the continent’s air traffic regulator Eurocontrol said in its latest statement. “If volcanic emissions continue with the same intensity, the cloud might reach western French airspace and northern Spain on Thursday 26th May.” However, the intensity of the eruption has fallen to around 15 km in height. Also the ash being emitted this time is coarser than that of the Eyjafjallajokull eruption and may not affect flights as badly this time round.
Keflavik International Airport near Reykjavik says that all flight arrivals this morning from Liege (FI771), New York JFK (FI614), Washington Dulles Intl (FI 644), Toronto Lester B Pearson (FI 602) and Boston Logan Intl (FI 630) airports remain cancelled, as do all flight departures to Frankfurt Main (FI 520), Paris Charles de Gaulle (FI 542), London Heathrow (FI 450), Copenhagen (FI 204) and Stockholm Arlanda (FI 306).
[pictured: Ash from Grimsvotn Volcano, Iceland, across Vatnajokull Ice Cap; image courtesy NASA/MODIS Rapid Response System]