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Volcanic ash drift briefly halts Irish, Scottish aviation

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Volcanic ash drift briefly halts Irish, Scottish aviation


Northern Atlantic airspace was given the all clear after a brief new volcanic ash alert for aviation. The air traffic agency Eurocontrol says European flights are back to normal and expected to stay that way, after the reopening of airspace over Ireland and parts of western Scotland.

Flights were allowed to resume from Irish airports after a six-hour suspension. The UK re-opened a Scottish no-fly zone. Flights in much of continental Europe were operating normally.

This was after confirmation of acceptable concentrations of drifting ash from the same volcano in Iceland that stopped European air travel last month.

Air space closures in April cost Europe’s airlines up to 2.5 billion euros, grounding passengers all over the world.

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