Iceland: Flights to resume services

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Iceland, May 26: The airline services in the UK and most of Northern Europe should return to normal on Thursday, May 26 after the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano GrÍmsvötn cleared most of the area"s airspace.

“The latest volcanic ash cloud advice is that we continue to be in an improving situation and it seems likely that there will only be minimal ash over the UK and Europe as we enter the Bank Holiday weekend. CAA and NATS together with the individual airlines can advise how this improving picture will affect flights," said the Met office in a statement.

“We continue to monitor the situation in Iceland closely in conjunction with the Met Office. Clearly, this is a natural phenomenon which we cannot control, but the UK is now much better prepared to deal with an ash eruption than last year," said the Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond.

“Our investment in new equipment to better monitor ash concentrations and our development of new operating procedures for airlines will all help to lessen the impact the eruption will have on UK aviation."

“Following that meeting the DfT issued a statement which in summary advised that 'The volcano Grimsvötn has currently paused its eruptions and Met Office modelling indicates that significant disruption between now and the end of the weekend is unlikely," said Easyjet, an airline.

“We are therefore pleased to advise that based on the current volcanic activity that further disruption to our flying programme is unlikely," they added.

“We continue to monitor the situation and remain in close contact with the Civil Aviation Authority, National Air Traffic Services and the Met Office," said British Airways

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