The volcanic ash cloud crippling European air travel is making its way across the Atlantic and could reach the east coast of Canada as soon as 12:00 GMT Monday, forecasters at Britain's meteorological authority said.

A projection of the cloud's movement showed the volcanic ash reaching the island of Newfoundland in the early morning and lingering there at least until 18:00 GMT.

"It does suggest that the remnants of the volcanic plume may be appearing near the Newfoundland area," said forecaster Bob Syvret.

He said this was likely the remnants of the first eruption Wednesday, which was carried over on an area of high pressure. Winds took most of the ash cloud east.