Flights from Iceland’s main international airport have been cancelled after the eruption of a volcano in the south-east of the country.
All flights in and out of Rejkjavik's Keflavik International Airport are cancelled today (May 23), until at least 5pm.
The eruption of Grimsvotn volcano has prompted fears of a repeat of last year’s flights chaos.
European airspace was closed for several days in 2011 after the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, leaving thousands of passengers stranded and costing the aviation industry some $1.7 billion.
The eruption of Grimsvotn began on Saturday (May 21), sending a plume of ash 20km into the atmosphere.
Current reports suggest, however, that the latest eruption will have little effect on European flights.
According to a statement from Eurocontrol, the European organisation for the safety of air navigation, there is “no impact expected on European airspace”.
However, it goes on to warn that “depending on the continuing eruption of the volcano and the meteorological conditions”, some ash could reach parts of northern Europe by Wednesday.