Friday, April 16

Volcanic Ash Grounds More Europe Flights and Travel Updates

Travellers face a second day of flight cancellations Friday after an ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland forced European aviation officials to ground planes and close airspace.

The ash cloud, which limits visibility and can damage a plane's engine, will affect flights for "at least the next 24 hours," the air traffic control body Eurocontrol said Friday.

Travel Updates - Thursday, April 15 (Source: RTE News)

The Irish Aviation Authority has announced that it is lifting restrictions, with immediate effect, on flights to and from airports at Cork and Shannon and some of the regional airports.

Restrictions will remain in force at Dublin Airport until at least 11am.

Restrictions also remain in force in large parts of the UK and Northern Europe.

A spokesman for the Department of Transport has said that aircraft are grounded until 11am - but he isnt expecting any movement in Irish airspace tomorrow.

P&O says its Irish Sea services are operating normally with spaces currently available.

The Larne to Troon and Cairnryan services still have spaces available for vehicles and foot passengers.

French aviation authorities have ordered airports in Paris and the north of the country to remain closed until at least 1pm tomorrow.

Planes have now been grounded in Ireland, Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, northern France, parts of Germany and also parts of northern Poland.
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