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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Volcanic ash - travel update

  • Published: Thursday, 26 May 2011

There is currently no impact from volcanic ash on UK airspace. However, passengers are still advised to check with their airline before travelling to the airport.

Travel update

No volcanic ash is currently being reported in UK airspace.

The volcano Grimsvötn has paused its eruptions and Met Office modelling indicates that significant disruption between now and the end of the weekend is unlikely.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is actively monitoring the situation and is in close touch with the Met Office, Department for Transport, airlines and airports and NATS (UK air traffic control services).


The degree to which the volcanic ash may affect flights in and out of UK air space will depend on:

  • weather patterns
  • the nature and density of ash present in the airspace
  • the height at which the ash is present (some flights might fly over low-lying ash)

In the event of disruption to flights in the UK, information will appear on the NATS website.

Met Office forecast maps

If you want to see maps produced by the Met Office that forecast where the volcanic ash cloud may move, follow the link below.

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