Several flights cancelled as ash from Grimsvotn spreads

Since the Grimsvotn volcano started erupting, several air flights have been canceled in different countries and some airports have even been closed.

In London alone, airlines grounded over 500 flights on Tuesday; flights in and out of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England have been canceled, whilst the German flight safety authority has announced the closure of two airports. Flights from Australia to Europe are threatened but have not been grounded neither has the volcanic eruption had any impact on Qantas flights.

A no fly zone has been designated for120 nautical miles (220 kilometers) in all directions from the eruption. The grimsvotn volcano which erupted in 1993, 1996 and 1998 last  erupted in 2004. It is hoped that the Grimvotn eruption will not lead to the air travel chaos caused in April 2010 by ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano which grounded more than 100,000 flights and left eight million passengers stranded.