Thousand passengers fly from Iceland to northern Norway

April 19, 2010 10:42 am 

STOCKHOLM, April 19 — A total of 1,000 passengers on Sunday flew from Keflavik Icelandic International Airport to Trondheim, northern Norway, according to the latest news reaching here from Reykjavik.

Although the volcano eruption in Eyjafjallajokull south Iceland was reported to have affected a lot of air traffic in northern Europe, the Icelandic International Airport has been open since the beginning of the eruption, a statement from the Iceland government website special for update news on the volcano said.

"Flights to Norway were allowed today and passengers are encouraged to monitor arrivals and departures times on text TV and on the websites of Icelandair and Icelandic Express," the statement said.

Earlier reports said an information meeting was held to inform the local inhabitants about the situation.

"The Met Office reports that there is no ash fall south of Eyjafjallajokull glacier. Radar images show no sign of the plume of smoke that has risen from the volcano in recent days," the statement added.

"However, instruments still show signs of seismic activity. Changes in ash fall, seismic activity and smoke from the volcano indicate that there has been a change in the eruption but it is not possible to say what these changes are as the volcano is not visible," the statement said.

The activity seen on instruments calmed down at around 2 a.m. on Sunday.

Icelandic geologists said the eruption would end soon, but another volcano Katla may erupt again. (PNA/Xinhua) ALM

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