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AIR passengers, especially those flying to Scotland and Ireland, are again being urged to keep an eye on the ash cloud and check for the latest news with their airlines.

A new plume of ash was yesterday emitted by the Icelandic volcano that wreaked havoc on European flights last month.
The Eyjafjallajokull volcano has surged back to life letting off a cloud of ash measuring up to four miles high. “The eruption has changed back to an explosive eruption, lava has stopped flowing and most of the magma gets scattered due to explosions in the crater,” said a statement from the Icelandic Met Office and Institute of Earth Science. “The ash plume rises high above the crater and considerable ash fall can be expected in wind direction. No signs of the eruption ending soon.” The move has prompted authorities to consider rerouting transatlantic flights. Ireland has had to shut some airports for the third time this week during which time flights from the Balearics were disrupted. The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) warned a “massive ash cloud” 1'000 miles long and 700 miles wide was hovering over the Atlantic and drifting into the country's airspace. “While the northerly winds are keeping the bulk of the cloud out in the Atlantic, the increased size of the cloud is encroaching on Irish airspace along the west coast of Ireland.”

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