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Topic of the Day - Return of the Volcanic Ash

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Dublin Airport has closed until at least midnight tonight due to the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano. The widespread disruption to flights comes as a result of increased volcanic activity in Iceland. The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said it bases its decisions about airspace restrictions on data provided by the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre and Eurocontrol, and receives this information approximately every six hours.

It added that decisions are taken solely on the grounds of safety. Donegal, Sligo and Ireland West (Knock) will also be closed until midnight. Shannon Airport will close from 5.30pm until midnight, while Cork and Kerry airports will be open until midnight. Waterford Airport will be open until at least 7pm.

Northern Ireland's two main airports, Belfast International at Aldergrove and the George Best Belfast City Airport, are both remaining open until 1pm. The IAA said intending passengers should continue to contact their airline's website to establish the up-to-date position on flight schedules. Aer Lingus had already cancelled over 60 flights to and from European and UK destinations from early this morning, while Ryanair has warned its passengers of possible disruption and cancellation.

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