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Flights out of Scotland cancelled as ash cloud from Iceland volcano 'will drift over UK within hours'
24 May 2011 @ 00:06

  • Regional airline Loganair cancels 36 flights after Civil Aviation Authority warning
  • President Obama cuts short his stay in Ireland to avoid effects of ash cloud
  • Foreign Secretary insists there will be no blanket ban on travel
  • Britain is better prepared for ash cloud after last year's debacle, William Hague said
  • Keflavik airport closed till Monday and 40 international flights cancelled
  • Greenland closes airspace, cancelling flights between the Arctic island and Denmark
  • Airline shares fell by up to 5 per cent on fears of a repeat of last year's chaos

A Scottish airline has cancelled 36 flights tomorrow as the ash cloud billowing from a volanco in Iceland approaches UK airspace.

Regional carrier Loganair, which flies out of Glasgow, announced that there would be no flights following a Civil Aviation Authority warning that disruption could not be ruled out.

President Obama, on a ceremonial visit to Ireland, has cut short his trip by a day to avoid any disruption.

The Met Office is predicting the plume of ash from the Grimsvotn volcano will begin to drift over parts of Scotland in the next few hours and would cover all of Ireland, Scotland and parts of northern Britain by 6am tomorrow.

Asked whether this would cause some disruption to flights, a CAA spokesman said: 'That's the way it's looking certainly at the moment.'

William Hague, however, has said he does not predict the volcano will not cause the chaos seen a year ago. The Foreign Secretary has said that Britain has more information on how ash clouds move and is less likely to have to enforce a blanket flight ban.

Last April airports across the UK were shut down for five days. With school half-term holidays next week any disruption to UK airports would cause chaos for hundreds of thousands of families.

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