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Volcanic ash closes airports in northern UK, Ireland

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-05-16

Volcanic ash from Iceland continued to disrupt European air travel on Sunday, forcing airports in Ireland and Northern Ireland to close. Britain's Department of Transport has warned that airports in London may also be shut down this week.

REUTERS - The no-fly zone over parts of Scotland and England has been extended from 1800 GMT to midnight GMT on Sunday due to the high density of a volcanic ash cloud from Iceland, the National Air Traffic Service (NATS) said.

The reach of the no-fly zone has also be extended to include the Birmingham and Norwich areas, NATS said, but London airports are not yet affected.

"The ash cloud continues to change shape and move further south," it said in a statement.

Teeside, Leeds-Bradford, Blackpool, Manchester, Liverpool, Doncaster, Carlisle, Humberside, Sheffield, Doncaster and East Midlands airports remain within the no-fly zone, as do all airports in Northern Ireland, NATS said in a statement.

Airports in parts of Scotland and the Isle of man will also be affected.

 

Date created : 2010-05-16

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