Geologists in Iceland say the volcano eruption that has been disrupting European air traffic is almost over – banishing any remaining fears of prolonged travel chaos.
The scientists say the cloud, which had risen to a height of 20 kilometres, is now just a few hundred metres high and that what is coming out now is mainly steam. The news is a relief for European air traffic authorities at Eurocontrol in Brussels. Flights in Germany are getting back to normal after earlier disruption.
“The volcano is in a reasonably calm stage at the moment, and assuming that continues we would expect that European aviation would be able to return to a normal situation within the next 24 hours,” said Eurocontrol’s Head of Operations Brian Flynn.
The ash cloud forced hundreds of flights to be cancelled from Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg. The German capital was the last major hub to re-open its airspace.
Elsewhere air traffic has been resuming over the UK and has been mostly normal in Scandinavia.