Airport closures in parts of Europe due to volcanic ash - 9 May

Sunday 9, May 2010


Airport closures in parts of Europe due to volcanic ash - 9 May


Nineteen airports in northern Spain are closed due to volcanic ash. Airports in France, Italy and Ireland are also affected. Transatlantic flights are also being delayed.



The following airports in northern Spain have been closed due to the ash cloud from the volcanic eruption in Iceland: Barcelona, Girona, Sabadell, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria, Zaragoza, Huesca, Pamplona, Logrono, Santiago, La Coruna, Vigo, Asturias, Santander, Leon, Valladolid, Burgos and Salamanca.


Airports in northern Italy and France are also affected. If you are due to fly to or from Europe you should contact your airline for the latest information before travelling.


You can find more information on the air traffic situation in Europe at the Eurocontrol website.


According to Eurocontrol, transatlantic flights are being re-routed around the affected area which is causing substantial delays to these flights. The reduction of available airspace is impacting flights arriving in or departing from the Iberian Peninsula and delays should be expected.


Aviation authorities in the UK and Ireland are monitoring the movements of the ash cloud from the volcanic eruption in Iceland.


In Scotland airspace restrictions are affecting Inverness airport from 0700-1300 UK time on 9 May.


In Ireland airpace restrictions will affect Galway airport from 1600 and Kerry from 2200 UK time on 9 May.


See Civil Aviation Authority and NATS website for latest UK airspace restrictions updates and the Irish Aviation Authority for latest Irish airspace restrictions update.


(Source: Foreign and Commonwealth Office)




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