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27 May 2011 10:54
Air travel during the bank holiday is unlikely to be affected by the ash cloud
Air travel during the bank holiday in the UK is unlikely to be affected as the activity in the Grimsvotn volcano has dropped, forecasters said.
A Met Office spokesman said the Icelandic Meteorological Office has suggested that the volcano is only spewing minor steam plumes up to around 300m.
It is optimistic there will be "minimal" ash levels in Europe over the weekend as not many flights were cancelled during the week in the UK.
But Britons planning to fly during the weekend may want to look into their
travel insurance policies in order to be better prepared for possible problems.
Flights are operating close to normal as the ash cloud disperses from UK skies.
Meanwhile, transport secretary Philip Hammond, has discussed ways to avoid disruptions in the future, in a meeting with British Airways, easyjet, the Civil Aviation Authority(CAA), the Met Office and the National Air Traffic Services (Nats).
The CAA and Nats were asked by Mr Hammond to draw up protocols that would allow UK planes to fly underneath the ash cloud and gain altitude as they clear the "red zone" of high-level ash.
He also said that some test planes have been made to fly in the affected airspace, to monitor and gather additional data for the Met Office.
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