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No-fly zone over parts of Scotland, England

London, May 16, 2010

A no-fly zone will be imposed over parts of Scotland and England between 1200 GMT and 1800 GMT on Sunday due to volcanic ash from Iceland, but London airports will not be affected, the National Air Traffic Service said.

Manchester, Liverpool, Doncaster, Carlisle, Humberside and East Midlands airports fall within the no-fly zone, as do all airports in Northern Ireland, NATS said in a statement.

The cloud of volcanic ash forced the closure of several airports in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man also.

The airports of Sligo, Donegal and Knock were closed Sunday and the airports of Dublin and Shannon were due to be open until at least 1200 GMT, said Irish civil aviation authorities.

In Northern Ireland, the Belfast International and Belfast Harbour airports were closed until 1200 GMT, as was Ronaldsway airport on the Isle of Man, NATS said.

"A high density volcanic ash cloud is rapidly encroaching on Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man," it said in a statement.

"As a result, a no-fly zone has been imposed by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) in airspace over parts of Northern Ireland," it added.




Tags: Ireland | England | Iceland | Scotland | Ash clouds |

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