North East flights are cancelled by ash cloud

Iceland closed its main international airport and cancelled domestic flights on Sunday as a powerful volcanic eruption sent a plume of ash, smoke and steam 12 miles (20 kilometers) into the air.
Iceland closed its main international airport and cancelled domestic flights on Sunday as a powerful volcanic eruption sent a plume of ash, smoke and steam 12 miles (20 kilometers) into the air.
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PASSENGERS at Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley airports are facing delays and cancellations in the wake of the latest Icelandic ash cloud.

Newcastle Airport has confirmed it will remain open despite the latest volcanic eruption, but flights to and from some destinations have been cancelled already.

KLM cancelled flights to and from Amsterdam, Air France cancelled flights to and from Paris and Eastern Airways also scrapped its flights to and from Aberdeen this morning.

Eastern Airways flights at Durham Tees Valley Airport are affected, though.

KLM flights in to Durham Tees Valley today are due to proceed as scheduled, but flights out of the airport are cancelled.

The announcements come after the Met Office predicted a higher volume of ash clouds from Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano sweeping over the UK.

A statement on the Newcastle Airport website said: “Newcastle Airport is open and the situation is being closely monitored.

“In line with the new UK policy, clearances to fly through higher ash concentrations can be issued when requested by airlines.

“Unlike last year, UK airspace will remain open at all times, as will Newcastle Airport, however there could be a possibility of disruption to the flight schedule.”

Airlines, including BA, KLM, Aer Lingus and Easyjet, have also suspended flights to and from airports in Scotland.

Passengers are being advised to check for flight updates at www.newcastleairport.com.