By Max Clarke

Europe may once more be on the brink of travel chaos following another volcanic eruption in Iceland.

While there has as yet been no plan to ground flights in Europe, the ash cloud is spreading and will reach more of Northern Europe within 48 hours.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary criticised last year’s grounding of 100,000 European flights as unnecessary upheaval, though an independent think tank supported the move following a report into the dangers of volcanic ash in aircraft turbines.

Further updates will be released by the European Aviation Crisis Coordination Cell as the cloud develops, but experts think extensive flight disruption is as yet unlikely.