Volcano Brings Down Another Day of Flights

18 April 2010 (Last Updated April 18th, 2010 18:30)

Only a few flights will manage to escape the cloud of ash hanging over the UK today as the country, and airlines around the world, face another day of losses due to Iceland's erupting volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, in what has been the longest closure of airspace since WWII. Airlines, which

Only a few flights will manage to escape the cloud of ash hanging over the UK today as the country, and airlines around the world, face another day of losses due to Iceland's erupting volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, in what has been the longest closure of airspace since WWII.

Airlines, which are suffering £200m in losses a day as a result of the cloud of ash, have now come up against further restrictions on UK airspace until 0100 BST on Tuesday.

Irish airspace is closed until 1800 BST.

However, meteorologists have warned that this could just be the beginning.

Once the ash cloud lowers and dissipates enough to allow for safe travel, Eyjafjallajoekull, which has been active for 18 years, could continue erupting for a year.

The present eruption has melted glaciers on top of the volcano, allowing it to spew molten lava and deadly ash into the air. Previously, the glaciers held back the flow of ash.

It is also feared that Eyjafjallajokull could trigger off the eruption of another volcano, Katla, which sits alongside it.

On Sunday, however, there were signs that the eruption could be abating.

Either way, the unexpected events caused by the great natural occurrence has left more than 6.8 million passengers stranded and 63,000 flights grounded.

In Britain, consumers were also warned that some food stuffs, including exotic fruit, will not be seen on supermarket shelves in coming weeks due to disruptions in cargo trade. The knock-on effect of this will be felt by poorer agricultural communities in Africa and parts of Europe, which are relied upon for their seasonable goods.