April 15: UK air traffic services company NATS says it has restricted the number of aircraft flying into UK airspace because of the ash cloud caused by the volcanic eruption in Iceland.
Volcanic ash represents a significant safety threat to aircraft. NATS is monitoring the situation with the Met Office, Eurocontrol and neighbouring countries, and working closely with the airlines to help inform their decisions about their operations. Anyone planning to fly today from or to the UK should check with their airline before going to the airport.
From midday all civilian and military movements have been suspended as all airspace has been closed by NATS. The disruption is expected to spread to Europe as the ash cloud moves south.
The eruption in the Eyjafjallajoekull area of Iceland is the second in less than a month, and continues to spread ash into the upper atmosphere.