British Airways is conducting a verification flight to help determine whether it is safe for airlines to fly in the current ash cloud. One of the airline’s A320s departed Manchester this evening to fly towards the Newcastle area and then over Glasgow and Edinburgh. It will then fly to Heathrow, where the aircraft and its flight will be inspected and analysed by the airline’s engineers overnight. The data will be given to the CAA. Meanwhile, BA and bmi have said they expect their Scottish routes to operate as normal tomorrow. Flights from Aberdeen were resumed this afternoon and airlines are still encouraging people to check flight status. According to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, around 500 flights were cancelled today of the 29,000 that was expected. Authorities continue to say that the movement of the ash is unpredictable but it is expected to hit parts of Denmark, Norway and Sweden tomorrow.