MIAMI – A volcano in southwest Iceland has erupted 25 miles away from the capital Reykjavik (KEF), according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office.

According to the report, the eruption began in Fagradalsfjall. “Flight color code is red but very little turbulence is seen on seismometers.”

Local media reported that incoming and outgoing air traffic out of Keflavik International Airport (KEF), the main international airport in Iceland, has come to a temporary halt.

A Developing Situation


Police have asked “people to stay calm and [avoid] the eruption site” while the sky over Reykjavik has reportedly turned red.

The incident may cause some to remember the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruptions, which halted air traffic across much of Europe and the Northern Atlantic Ocean, but it remains to be seen how large of an effect this latest eruption will have on global air traffic.

This is a developing story. Please check back with Airways as we publish updates.

UPDATE: Flights now continue to operate at KEF at the discretion of airline Wizz Air (W6), whose flight has just departed for Warsaw. KEF only had three departures and five arrivals yesterday and has the same number today.


Featured Image: The Icelandic Meteorological Office/vf.is