KLM prolongs flight cancellations to parts of UK

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Cancellation of KLM flights from Amsterdam to North England and Scotland due to the new volcanic ash cloud from Iceland has been extended to 1800 local time, an airline spokesperson said today. The decision is based on the recommendations of the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre VAAC and KLM’s own findings.

According to a Dutch air traffic control spokesperson, the ash cloud may drift towards the Netherlands tonight. If Dutch airspace is affected, further cancellations of outbound flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport are anticipated for Wednesday.

KLM is not alone. About 250 flights have been cancelled today, according to Eurocontrol. The European air traffic control organisation says Saturday’s eruption of Mount Grimsvötn has produced high concentrations of ash, which are spreading from Iceland over parts of England and Ireland. According to the VAAC, the cloud is also likely to reach Denmark and southern Scandinavia later today.

Ash inside an aircraft’s engines can be highly dangerous and could cause engine failure if it hits the combustion chamber. If sucked into the cabin, volcanic ash could endanger passengers and damage electronic equipment.  

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