Fast translation done by Ray Alex
Airspace over Iceland have been closed due to ash cloud formed. A plane from the Swedish airport Arlanda have been canceled. The volcano had its outbreak last night and sent a 20 km high column of smoke rose into the air. Column of smoke visible from many places on Iceland, including the capital Reykjavik. At first it was closed airspace closest to the volcano, but this morning it was decided to close the entire Icelandic airspace. Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport closed at 10.30 Swedish time and Icelandic authorities was also considering closing the other airports, including the in Reykjavik, according to Reuters.
Forecast every six hours
The decision on the closure of airspace based on the British ash spread reports and are made every six hours.
“The forecast for the next six hours shows that the ashes will be spread over Iceland during the day, which will lead to further closures of airports throughout the day,” announces flight speed Isavia authority.
Preparedness at the Swedish airport Arlanda Susan Rundström, the airport’s press office says that they are prepared to volcanic eruption may have implications for air traffic.
“We are following developments continuously, but so far it’s no impact at Swedish airports. We keep contact with the CAA is responsible for the airspace, “she says.
“We are also in contact with Keflavik (Iceland). The aviation industry is on the toe and have frequent contact.
To date, a flight cancellation. There is a plane from Iceland Air, which would have come from Reykjavik, and landed at Arlanda Airport at 21:20 and then go back to Reykjavik at 22:20.
Rundström says Swedish aviation authority’s is follow the situation very carefully.
Atlantic flights are affected
Air traffic from Norway across the Atlantic is likely to be affected, think Duestad Petter, chief operating officer of the Norwegian aviation authority Avinor.
Flight-going westward, to the United States, may fly a different route, either far south or far north of Iceland, “he told news agency NTB. There may be delays, but it depends on how much traffic it gets. Sundays are usually a day with fewer passengers than other weeks.
An outbreak was expected
Grimsvotn is Iceland’s most active volcano and has outbreaks on average every six years. The last time was 2004, when ash fell as far away as in continental Europe and some flights to and from the Island had to be canceled. A new outbreak was expected. But this one also appears to be stronger than the last outbreak in 2004, wrote the Icelandic newspaper ‘Morgunblaðið online.
“It could be a big outbreak, but it is unlikely that it will be like last year but we don`t know for sure, said geologist Hjorleifur Svein Bjornsson of Iceland’s meteorological agency said. Last year paralyzed the ash from the eruption Eyjafjallajökull air traffic over large parts of Europe for several weeks.
More to come..