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article imageVolcanic ash cloud now affecting flights in Canada

By R. C. Camphausen     Apr 19, 2010 in Environment
Ash from the volcanic eruption in Iceland is now starting to affect flights on Canada's east coast. Airlines cancelled flights out of Newfoundland this morning as a precautionary measure.
Editor's note: A report indicating a second volcano erupted in Iceland has proven to be false (full report).
According to the Calgary Herald, St. John's, Gander, and Deer Lake were affected by an advisory. "Flights departing St. John's until 9 a.m. local time were cancelled and the airline would review possible further measures today," the report indicates.
Canada was warned about the looming ash cloud late Sunday. A report on France 24 first cautioned "remnants of the volcanic plume may be appearing near the Newfoundland area."
Weather specialists warned the density would be "lowish" and it wasn't expected to cause too much trouble for airlines.
Today, airport representatives at St. John’s International Airport said airlines would be able to decide themselves if they would fly or not. Transport Canada is currently monitoring the airspace.
In total, more than 60,000 flights have been cancelled as a result of the ash cloud caused by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland.
In Europe, the International Air Transport Association estimates that delays and cancellations are costing airports and airlines approximately $300 million (USD) per day.
Update
Newfoundland flights resume
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