x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Volcano ash disrupts flights

Eurocontrol says most flights between Europe and North America will be delayed today because of a spreading cloud of volcanic ash.

Eurocontrol says most flights between Europe and North America will be delayed today because of a spreading cloud of volcanic ash stretching across much of the northern Atlantic. Flights will have to be rerouted north and south of the 2,000 kilometre-long cloud stretching from Iceland to northern Spain, adding up to an hour of flying time in either direction. On average, 600 airliners make the ocean crossing every day.

The plume of ash, which forced the closure of four airports in northern Spain today, is expected to expand into southern France during the day. Since the ash is reaching altitudes of up to 10,000 metres, where most trans-Atlantic flights take place, it will effectively block the usual flight tracks. *AP