Icelandic ash cloud threatens European skies again

The famous and unpronounceable Icelandic volcano could be set to once again disturb the travel plans of the Formula One world. European airports ground to a halt due to the dangerous ash cloud nearly three weeks ago, stranding the sport's ...

The famous and unpronounceable Icelandic volcano could be set to once again disturb the travel plans of the Formula One world.

European airports ground to a halt due to the dangerous ash cloud nearly three weeks ago, stranding the sport's travelling circus in China.

On Wednesday and early on Thursday, it emerged that the ash is threatening to once again drift over the north of Europe, and multiple British airports have already had flights cancelled.

When contacted, the European air traffic agency Eurocontrol admitted that hundreds of other flights across Europe could also be affected.

The Civil Aviation Authority said main airports serving London have not yet been disrupted, but the Icelandic Met Office warns that the volcanic eruptions "will continue at full force in the next days".

However, the situation is now far less severe for F1, in the wake of the initial 'flyaway' segment of the 2010 calendar.

The bulk of the equipment is transported by the teams to European venues by road, even if many of the personnel travel by plane for convenience.

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