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UK flights disrupted by Icelandic volcanic ash

UK flights disrupted by Icelandic volcanic ash

Large numbers of flights from UK airports have been cancelled after ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland has got closer to British airspace.

Services in Finland, Norway and Sweden have also been affected following the eruption underneath a glacier in the south of the country.

Routes from Scottish airports were completely suspended this morning (April 15th), while flights from Heathrow and Stansted will grind to a halt at midday.

Services from Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast, Luton and Gatwick have also been affected.

The decision to suspend flights was taken by the National Air Traffic Service after advice from the Met Office warned the ash could damage aeroplanes’ engines.

A spokesman from airport operator BAA said passengers due to travel from this afternoon from Heathrow or Stansted should not travel to the airports.

"Due to airspace restrictions, in accordance with international regulations as a result of the on-going volcanic activity in Iceland, we anticipate that all flights in and out of Heathrow and Stansted airports will be suspended from 12:00 today," he commented.

Cheap flights carrier easyJet has said the volcanic ash is continuing to move south and has advised customers to check its website before travelling.