NATS update: Icelandic volcano now less active, but UK airports remain closed until 1am on Tuesday

PUBLISHED: 14:57 19 April 2010 | UPDATED: 07:36 30 May 2010

THE Met Office advises that the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano is now less active than previously. NATS advises that the current restrictions across UK controlled airspace due to the volcanic ash cloud will remain in place until at least 1am on Tuesday.

THE Met Office advises that the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano is now less active than previously.

NATS advises that the current restrictions across UK controlled airspace due to the volcanic ash cloud will remain in place until at least 1am (local) on Tuesday April 20.

A NATS spokesman said: "Conditions around the movement of the layers of the volcanic ash cloud over the UK remain dynamic. We will continue to monitor the location of this ash cloud and look for opportunities to get aircraft moving again, whilst of course maintaining safety.

"NATS is maintaining dialogue with the Met Office and with the UK's safety regulator, the CAA, in respect of the international civil aviation policy we follow in applying restrictions to use of airspace.

"In the meantime, we continue to work closely with Government, airports and airlines, and airframe and aero engine manufacturers to get a better understanding of the effects of the ash cloud and to seek solutions."

Anyone hoping to travel should contact their airline before travelling to the airport.

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