April 14th, 2010
09:53 PM ET

Iceland volcano disrupts European flights

Ash from a volcano eruption in Iceland has prompted aviation officials to restrict flights over parts of Norway and the United Kingdom.

Norway's aviation authority AVINOR  closed roughly the northern half of the country's airspace on Wednesday evening, from Trondheim to the north. And U.K. air traffic control provider NATS said early Thursday it was restricting flights in northern Scotland.

NATS warned the ash cloud is expected to move south, hinting that the flight-restriction zone could expand.

Some Norwegian flights were canceled or delayed because of the airspace closure, according to information from AVINOR's Web site.

The ash cloud came from an eruption of a volcano beneath Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier early Wednesday. The eruption - the latest in a series that began on March 20 - blew a hole in the mass of ice.

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  1. Jason Witten

    Flights from LAX to LHR now cancelled as well.

    April 15, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Elisabeth

    From what I have learned in the news here in Norway the past hour: 50% of the air traffic in Norway is now cancelled, and they expect the rest to stop around 10 am. It is unknown how long this will last, as it depends on the wind strength and direction as well as the volcanic activity. Northern Sweden is also affected and they fear that all Swedish, Danish, and Finnish airports must stop all traffic in the next day or so.

    April 15, 2010 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Petter Hansen

    Now the whole of Norway is closed and same with the UK... All trains are fully booked in Norway.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
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