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Volcano eruption

Hi, I am so freaked out with the latest Volcano eruption in Iceland, Im due to fly out of Australia Tuesday next week ( May 31 ) into Heathrow, What are they saying in London, is the impact going to be the same as last year ?? I think it was 5 days of cancelled flights last Year ??? Just wanted to know what is being said by official's, we seem so far away over here.

Thank you Kim

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read the posts on the Air Travel forum.


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also see www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13489944

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I like going to the source: en.vedur.is/about-imo/news/2011/nr/2177

It looks as if the ash is heading for Greenland and for Murmansk.


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It's any way the wind blows, really. It can change at any moment and that is what might affect flights. Hope for the best and expect the worst. We went to Iceland last year during the eruption and had a back up plan just in case. It's worth the peace of mind. Best of luck, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

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if there are interruptions and it is planned for the 5 days you could always try and reroute your ticket. Depending on the fare rules of the class you're flying eg: B, M E, U & H you won't be able to change but for others like Y, C or F you can.

And then make it an adventurous trip to the UK. For example a train trip across europe. One friend of mine did get caught up last time and ended up getting the train back to London and loved it.

Also depends how much time you have planned for your trip.

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For the TL:DR types - no need to panic!

The huge disruption last time was primarily due to a "zero tolerance" policy in respect of atmospheric ash that had previously been agreed between governments and the airline industry in an international agreement. Those involved in making that agreement were insufficiently conscious that volcanoes are present near busy air-space and reckoned that it would always be possible to fly round ash clouds. They also failed to take into account the potential for improvement in detection instruments, so that the level of ash that was detectable would inevitably fall over time.

When the volcano at Eyjafjallajokull erupted last year, these points took the airline industry by surprise. It took a couple of weeks of discussions and practical experiments by engineers and both geological and atmospheric scientists to confirm that there was in fact a low but detectable level of ash that was tolerable. In this context, "tolerable" means not only that there is practically zero risk of aircraft engines failing, but that any damage done by the abrasive dust particles is sufficiently small that it can be dealt with either through or by adjustment of service routines. For an airline, even if there is no possibility of an in-flight emergency, there is no point in flying a plane that has to be grounded for a week's expensive repairs after, say, a couple of trips.

Quite a bit of research has been going on since last year (although, as ever, there are some who would say not enough!) and there seems to be a consensus that the tolerance level agreed last year is certainly cautious from the safety perspective and probably somewhere near right economically. So over the next few weeks, we are likely to see a situation similar to the later weeks of last year's situation, with specific airports or countries' airspace closed for hours to a few days at a time. Also, the airlines now realise that volcanic ash does present a serious threat to their operations and will have (or, at least, should surely have?) taken at least some steps to minimise the impact.

That said, the scale of the current eruption of Grimsvotn, like that of last year's at Eyjafjallajokull, is relatively routine and the sort of thing that we travellers and the airlines will have to become used to. But, there is an ever-present possibility of a much larger eruption at any of many volcanoes worldwide. Although these much bigger events are rare, there are a number of examples in the historic record and very many in the geological record. The largest of these look to be capable of shutting down airspace over a continent, even the entire world, for months. Fortunately, though, that's not what we are facing today.

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At the moment we have a strong north wind, so hopefully anything is being blown away from us. Check bbc website regularly. I think there will be lots of effort made to avoid the situation we had last year. I am due to fly 4th June so am watching developments with interest...

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<<At the moment we have a strong north wind, so hopefully anything is being blown away from us. >>

A North wind, means the wind is coming FROM the north.Hence, from the direction of Iceland :-)

If the winds at ground level, were the same as winds at 20 or 30 thousand feet it would therefore pretty much be heading straight for us.

According to the news its due to be over England sometime tomorrow (sky news) or end of the week (BBC)

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BBC News reports 40 Scottish flights are now being cancelled...

[Kosh] .. and so it begins .. [/Kosh]

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Ned, got to laugh .. this was posted yesterday on the BBC;

"A spokesman for the Met Office, which runs Europe's Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, said: " .... There's no risk of the ash moving across the UK in the next day or so. "


Edited: 23 May 2011, 17:07