May 5, 2010 5:49 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
A cloud of abrasive volcanic ash drifting south from Iceland disrupted flights to and from Ireland and Scotland anew on Wednesday.
Two airports serving Glasgow, Scotland's second largest city, were closed until at least 0000 GMT, but Edinburgh airport reopened at 1800 GMT. Airspace in Ireland was to start reopening from 0300 GMT on Thursday, Irish aviation officials said.
The latest disruption signaled that travel hold-ups would continue into the summer holiday period because of ash being blown from the same volcano in Iceland that caused mayhem for 10 million travellers last month.
The European air traffic agency Eurocontrol said about 300 of 29,000 scheduled flights were likely to be canceled across Europe on Wednesday. "The situation is not expected to improve in this area during the day," the agency said in a statement.
"The whole of Ireland, west Scotland and northwest England could be affected, with risk to operations at Manchester and Liverpool airports," it continued.
In addition, according to Eurocontrol, roughly 900 flights in Greek airspace would be canceled assuming a general strike in Greece against austerity plans lasted until midnight.