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Ash Cloud Threat Dissipates

Wednesday May 25, 2011

Ash Cloud Threat Dissipates

Flights to Lanzarote from the UK have been given the all-clear today, as the ash cloud caused by Grimsvoetn volcano in Iceland has moved across to northern European skies. As a result of this movement, air traffic has been affected in Germany, with British Airways cancelling some its services to the country.

However, this good news for those travelling today and tomorrow may not last, as the ash particles could return to cause disruption on Thursday and Friday. At present, the Met Office was only able to confirm that the skies are clear over the UK until 19.00 hours today.

So far, Scotland has been the area worst affected by the eruption of Grimsvoetn, with over 500 flights cancelled yesterday to and from Scotland. The worst hit airports were Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, with several flights to and from the Canaries on Tuesday having to be cancelled.

In fact, of the six flights unable to take off yesterday from the archipelago, none were departing from Lanzarote airport. Instead, passengers flying to Scotland from Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife South were unable to travel.

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