) - Parts of British and German airspace are again at risk of closure, according to media reports, as clouds of volcanic ash continue to threaten European airports.
ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano
is putting airports in south-east England at risk of closure from Sunday until Tuesday. German airspace could also be disrupted on Monday, according to the
, which said that a flight to test ash concentration will be sent up tomorrow.
Much of Europe's airspace was closed for five days last month
following the volcano's eruption. The ensuing disruption is estimated to have cost the airline industry as much as $3 billion.
Since April's airspace lockdown, however, clouds of ash have continued to drift across the continent, forcing a number of airport closures. Last week, for example, several airports in southern Europe were forced to close, according to the
, with flights re-routed.
The latest volcanic ash cloud could not have come at a worse time for
, which faces the threat of strike action this week. The airline, however, is planning to take legal action to prevent the strike.
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