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The volcanic ash that has disrupted air travel across Europe over the last month is clearing due to the volcano losing power and a change in wind direction. This comes as a great relief to the travel industry in general but particularly to the airlines as we come into the peak holiday period.

According to the Icelandic Met Office, the vast majority of Europe “can relax over the weekend” as the ash cloud has thinned and poses no risk to airplane engines.

However, this break in the disruption will apparently offer only a brief respite to the travel industry and scant consolation to the millions planning to go abroad this summer and depending on flights. Weather stations acknowledge that in reality they can only predict the path of the ash cloud a couple of days in advance. Scientists are also unable to predict exactly when the volcano will erupt and with what force. Airlines recommend keeping an eye on flight details in the days and hours leading up to your flight.

The Nordic Volcanological Center has warned that while pressure in the volcano seems to have decreased, this does not mean that we are in the all clear for air travel over the summer. A source at the centre said that “there are absolutely no signs of the eruption coming to an end”. He also recommended that people should keep the changeable conditions in mind when making travel plans this summer.

At ECB Online we are offering great deals on car hire right now. We also offer a measure of security in this changeable travel climate as we do not charge cancellation or amendment fees as long as they are made within 48 hours of the pickup date.

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