x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

EU does not expect widespread airspace closure from volcanic ash

A repeat of what occurred during last year's Iceland volcanic ash cloud is not expected at this stage.

BRUSSELS // Europe's transport commissioner Siim Kallas said on Tuesday that "we do not anticipate a widespread airspace closure like what we saw last year" from Iceland's current volcanic ash cloud.

As European air traffic controllers reported more than 250 cancellations as the cloud covered Scotland and Northern Ireland, Kallas told a news conference that "we are partly dependent on the weather and the pattern of ash dispersion".

"We do not at this stage anticipate widespread airspace closure and prolonged disruption like we saw last year," he added.