Airports authority Avinor says the Grimsvötn volcano eruption will affect flights in Norway today.
Ash is expected to enter Norwegian airspace between the mainland and Svalbard this afternoon, with flight disruptions between Tromsø and Svalbard after approximately 14:00.
"I think commercial flights will be cancelled completely before 20:00 today, and advise passengers to check with their airline,” Jens Petter Duestad, Director of Enroute Services for Avinor, tells The Foreigner.
According to Jan Fredrik Frantzen, Communications Advisor at Nord-Norge University Hospital, all air ambulance flights between Longyearbyen and Tromsø are to be suspended from 13:00, and health authorities are recommending people take extra care.
“We do have a hospital on Svalbard, but, of course, it is a small one. We advise people to contact local authorities in case of emergency.”
The latest eruption was much stronger than last year's Eyjafjallajökull, which caused major disruptions to international and European air traffic as well as fears for the Norwegian economy. Airlines SAS and Norwegian reported Q1 losses totalling approximately 1.6 billion kroner.
Grimsvötn's peak last exploded in 2004 and the eruption is the most violent since 1873, reports Reuters.
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