Airports reopen after more ash disruptions

Michael Hunt

Following further flight restrictions due to the volcanic ash cloud, airports in the North West have reopened this morning although passengers are still advised to check with their airlines before travelling.

A Manchester Airport spokesperson said: "The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) reopened airspace across Northern England last night from 01:00.

"Manchester Airport therefore reopened at 01:00 and will continue to be fully operational unless there is a further deterioration in conditions.

"It remains essential for people to contact their airline before travelling to the airport for any flight because there are still high levels of ash contamination above parts of the UK which may bring further disruption during the morning.

"Airports in the South East, parts of Scotland and Ireland, Paris and Amsterdam remain subject to some restrictions which means flights to and from these areas will be disrupted this morning. Some transatlantic services are also affected this morning.

"There is absolutely no official suggestion or predication that the prolonged, continent-wide airspace restrictions experienced in April are about to occur again.

"We would once again like to thank passengers for their continued patience and understanding since this situation began yesterday."

Blackpool International said it is experiencing "considerable disruption to flights" due to the volcanic ash cloud affecting areas of UK airspace.

The airport said a flight to Alicante "has been delayed as a knock on effect of the major disruption caused to the programme yesterday".

Within a statement this morning, a spokesperson for Blackpool International said: "The delay is considerable however passengers should attend the airport as normal i.e. check in will open at 0500 as will do their utmost to get the flight underway as soon as possible.

"There are currently no other updates on other scheduled flights into and out of Blackpool International for Monday 17th, and all passengers are advised to attend the airport as normal unless advised otherwise."

Passengers using Liverpool John Lennon Airport are also being advised to check with their airlines for the latest updates regarding their flights after the airport was closed yesterday.

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