Slovakia’s air space remains open, volcanic ash not a concern

Iceland's volcano ash and dust affecting certain West European countries is unlikely to reach Slovak airspace since the wind is now blowing it over Great Britain and Scandinavia, Jozef Kozub of Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute told newswire TASR on April 15.

Iceland's volcano ash and dust affecting certain West European countries is unlikely to reach Slovak airspace since the wind is now blowing it over Great Britain and Scandinavia, Jozef Kozub of Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute told newswire TASR on April 15.

Irish airline Rynair at the Bratislava airport suspended flights to and from Great Britain, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark earlier in the day after the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation closed the west European airspace because of the ash spewing from the Eyjaffjallajokull volcano in Iceland.

Meteorologist Kozub added that even if some of the volcanic ash reaches Slovakia it would be so diffuse as to be invisible, he said.

Despite the fact that the Slovak airspace wasn’t closed, the volcanic activity has affected flight schedules from the Slovak airports. According to the Bratislava Airport spokesperson Dana Madunická, all the flights from Bratislava to the UK were cancelled on Thursday and the situation at the airport keeps changing. Some 2,400 travellers were affected by the measure, Sme reported.

The British daily Guardian reported that airspace stretching from Ireland to Finland was closed on Thursday, and airports across France closed on Thursday night following the lead of safety authorities in other countries too. The plume is projected to spread over Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Baltic states too.

The Czech air-transport authorities announced that airspace above the Czech Republic was closed partially on Friday morning, and might be closed completely around noon.
Geophysicists in Iceland said that the production of ash from Eyjafjallajokull is likely to continue at a comparable level for some days or even weeks, Guardian wrote.

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