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May 24, 2011 2:48 pm

Travelers Relieved as Volcanic Ash Dissipates

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Guardian – A dense plume from the Grímsvötn volcano in Iceland that forced the cancellation of more than 250 flights in Scotland and northern England on Tuesday will have dissipated by Wednesday, the Met Office said, aided by volatile weather and less explosive eruptions from Grímsvötn. Scottish airports were the worst affected on Tuesday, accounting for the majority of the 252 cancellations announced by Eurocontrol, the air traffic control body whose members handle about 29,000 flights per day throughout the continent.

A Met Office spokesman said the thickest concentrations of ash, which airlines still cannot fly through, will have drifted across the North Sea by 6am on Wednesday, allowing airlines to resume normal services. “High concentrations of ash will be moving towards Germany, Holland and Denmark.”

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