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Volcanic ash cloud closes airport

Posted Thu 15th April 2010 at 17:12

An ash cloud drifting south from an erupting volcano in Iceland has caused Alderney Airport to close.

Airport manager Keith Webster said flying would be halted in and out of the island until at least 6pm this evening.

The 2.45pm Aurigny flight to Guernsey set off shortly before 1pm. It landed at 1.13pm but looks as if it will be the last flight of the day in the Bailiwick.

All three Channel Islands airports closed at 1pm. Passengers are being advised to contact airlines directly for more information. Despite the closures, both Alderney and Guernsey will remain open for emergency and medical flights.

Guernsey Met Office has said the main part of the ash cloud was due to arrive in the Channel Islands this evening. As a result, passengers are being told to expect disruption until Friday afternoon.

UK airspace was closed earlier today, along with numerous areas of Scandinavia. Airports in the mainland will be closed until 1am on Friday at the earliest.

Airspace has been closed due to concerns that the ash could clog up aircraft engines.

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