Airport alert to latest ash cloud

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BOSSES at Robin Hood Airport are urging passengers to stay in touch with their airlines after concerns emerged over another Iceland volcano eruption.

Forecasters say ash could begin to drift across the UK towards the end of the week after an eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano sent a plume of smoke 12 miles into the air.

It comes a year after the Eyjafjallajokull eruption sent clouds of ash across Europe, closing airspace and grounding flights.

A Robin Hood Airport spokesperson said last night: “We are continuously monitoring the activity in Iceland and currently don’t expect to see any disruption to flights at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

“We would however advise anyone travelling to be aware of the situation and to keep checking with their airline for any updates.”

The Met Office and the aviation industry are both monitoring the situation closely after the Grimsvotn volcano experienced its largest eruption in 100 years.

It comes a year after the Eyjafjallajokull eruption sent clouds of ash across Europe, closing airspace and grounding flights.

Forecasters expected the ash to reach Scotland last night.

A spokesman for the Met Office, which runs Europe’s Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, said: “This is a very different situation to last April. The weather is much more changeable and there’s a lot more uncertainty.

“There’s no risk of the ash moving across the UK in the next day or so.

“But there is a possibility that we’ll see some volcanic ash towards the end of the week.”

Icelandic air traffic control created a no-fly zone around the volcano, closed Keflavik airport, the country’s main hub, and cancelled all domestic flights.

But the eruption has not affected UK airspace.

A Civil Aviation Authority spokesman said: “We’re monitoring the situation closely and working with our colleagues at NATS - National Air Traffic Services - and the Met Office.”