Iceland airport to close due to ash cloud

Iceland`s main airport will close from 1230 IST today until end of the day due to volcanic ash cloud.

Updated: May 14, 2010, 09:49 AM IST

Reykjavik: Iceland`s main Reykjavik-Keflavik airport will close from 1230 IST on Friday until the end of the day due to the volcanic ash cloud, airport officials have said.

"The airport is due to shut at 0700 GMT tomorrow (Friday) morning and will stay closed till midnight, we have brought departures forward so that passengers can leave before the closure," a spokesman for Iceland`s main airport said.

The air company Icelandair said the airport should reopen on Saturday.

After several days of disruption in Europe`s skies, air travel returned to normal Thursday, according to the European authority, Eurocontrol.

Bjorn Oddsson, a geologist and geophysicist at the University of Iceland`s Institute of Earth Sciences, said there were no indications that the eruption of the volcano Eyjafjoell, ongoing since April 14, was coming to an end.

"The pulse activity continues, it increases for about three hours, then decreases for another three," he said, adding that "it`s nothing to worry about."