Dutch airspace unaffected by Iceland volcano

23rd May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Dutch airspace remains clear of ash from Saturday’s volcanic eruption in Iceland. The ash cloud drifting from Mt Grimsvötn towards Scotland threatened to shut down northern European airports on Monday. 

But ash is not expected to spread over the Netherlands in the short term, according to a Dutch air traffic control spokesperson. The ash cloud will not interfere with flights to and from the US. “Aircrafts must fly a bit higher,” says the spokesperson.

Unlike last year, when the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano took the continent by surprise, it seems unlikely that Dutch airspace will need to be closed. Since then, new European air traffic agreements have been made, including the implementation of no-fly zones which allow planes to navigate around ash rather than be grounded altogether.

Though Grimsvötn’s eruption surpasses the strength of Eyjafjallajökull’s and is the most severe outburst since 1873, spread of the ash is being thwarted thanks to what scientists say is a less dispersible form of ash and cooperative winds.


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