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article imageNew volcanic ash cloud causes further flight disruption, closures

By Andrew Moran     May 5, 2010 in Business
Peel - A new dense volcanic ash cloud has prompted the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to impose a no-fly zone, which has caused the Isle of Man airport to be shutdown.
Thought Iceland’s volcanic ash cloud was over? Think again.
A new plume of volcanic ash cloud has forced some airports in northern Europe to close. The Ronaldsway airport in Isle of Man has shut down because the Civil Aviation Authority warned the ash cloud is moving south, according to BBC News.
The ash cloud has already caused the closure of the Belfast and Edinburgh airports. Presently, the Met Office is determining the direction of the cloud and possible impacts on flight travel.
The CAA is urging travellers to check with their airport's website for possible delays or cancellations, reports the Associated Press.
“We're all looking to see how aggressively that ash plume is moving around and at the moment it's situated between surface level and 20,000 ft. With the wind changes that are now taking place we are looking at another bout of closures,” said Ronaldsway airport spokesperson.
[i]Isle of Man Newsroom reports that the airport will be providing announcements consistently throughout the day but said weather forecasts expect heavy winds throughout the week, which will increase the chances of volcanic ash clouds affecting British airspace.
Airspace in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland have been closed.
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