Monday, November 29, 1999

Volcanic ash cloud may return and disrupt air-travel in UK

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Edinburgh, May 16 (ANI): The volcanic ash cloud that threw the European aviation industry out of gear is showing signs of returning, as it had most recently disrupted flights in Scotland.The current wind direction is such that the pall cast by the volcano will be blown in the direction of the UK."High levels of volcanic activity in Iceland and prevailing weather conditions mean that Scotland is once again facing disruption as aviation authorities consider appropriate steps to protect the travelling public. Passengers are strongly advised to check flight details with their airlines before travelling to the airport. While we recognise the inconvenience further disruption may cause, safety is paramount," The Scotsman quoted Scottish Transport minister Stewart Stevenson, as saying.A Met Office spokeswoman said the volcano became more active yesterday but it was not easy to predict how it would behave in future, the paper reported.he said the ash plume was currently reaching heights of up to 25,000 feet (7,620 metres) and winds blowing from the north-west mean there was the risk of ash being blown into UK airspace.Both Heathrow and Gatwick airports are likely to experience grounded flights and delays, with major knock-on effects at Scottish airports, the paper said. (ANI)

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