England’s major airports escape ash cloud, for now

NATS, the business which controls air traffic space over the UK, has named the airports it thinks will be affected by the ash cloud this evening.

The cloud “may affect some services”  between 2100 this evening (Tuesday) and 0100 Wednesday from Glasgow, Prestwick, Edinburgh and Newcastle. Smaller airports including Durham Tees Valley, Carlisle, Cumbernauld, Tiree and Barra are also named. Travellers departing from these airports are advised to check with their airline.

The airports above remain open, confirming transport minister Philip Hammond’s statement saying there will be no blanket closures.

NATS will release another update at 2100 this evening.

Elsewhere, Ryanair has issued a statement saying that: “Following a direction from the Irish Aviation Authority, [we regret] that we have been forced to cancel all flights to/from Scottish airports for the remainder of the day."

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