Volcanic ash cloud forces more UK flight restrictions
Restrictions on flights to and from the UK have been extended until 0700 BST on Sunday, as the danger to planes from volcanic ash from Iceland continues.
A few domestic flights may be able to take off from Scotland and Northern Ireland before 1900 BST on Saturday, but most planes will remain grounded.
British Airways has cancelled all short haul flights on Sunday but is still reviewing long haul services.
Officials warn that European airspace could be disrupted for several days.
The National Air Traffic Control Service (Nats) said Met Office forecasts showed the ash cloud progressively covering the whole of the UK after 1900 BST. A further update is expected at about 2100 BST.
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Nats head of safety Paul Haskins said: "It's a very dynamic situation at the moment.
"Looking at the Met Office forecast we know from about seven o'clock onwards this evening that the ash cloud will again envelop UK air space and the restrictions will take effect."
Prof Brian Golding, head of forecasting research at the Met Office, said it was likely the volcanic cloud would remain over the UK for several days.
"We need a change of wind direction that stays changed for several days and there is no sign of that in the immediate future," he added.
Eurocontrol the agency which co-ordinates air traffic control in 38 nations, said it expected only 6,000 flights in European airspace on Saturday, compared to 22,000 flights usually.
"Forecasts suggest that the cloud of volcanic ash will persist and that the impact will continue for at least the next 24 hours," it said in a statement.
A plume of ash 8.5km (5.3 miles) high was visible in Iceland on Saturday.
The disruption has affected hundreds of thousands of travellers since Wednesday when the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano began erupting for the second time in a month.
UK-based Aaron Soni is one of many thousands of Britons stranded by the ash cloud.
He had been visiting his parents in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and son.
Mr Soni was due to return to the UK on Saturday, but was told not to bother checking with his airline until Thursday.
He said his and his wife's work commitments were "in chaos" and their son was due to return to school on Monday.
"It's getting expensive to pay all the bills," he said.
One of the UK's biggest fresh fruit importers said business had ground to a halt because of the disruption.
Anthony Pile, chairman of Blue Skies, said the company was losing £100,000 a day as produce was rotting in Brazil and Africa.
Runway inspections took place during daylight for the first time at Heathrow
"Losing a day is a disaster, losing three days is unbelievable and I don't know what we're going to do if we go into the middle of next week," he said.
Royal Mail air mail deliveries to the US are being taken over land to be flown from a Spanish airport.
Mail for Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and other parts of Europe is being transferred to road services where possible.
British Airways said it had no insurance against suspending flights and refunding customers as a result of the ash cloud, and would have to absorb the costs itself.
A spokeswoman told the BBC it was because it had "no insurance against natural disasters".
In other developments:
• Eurostar added eight extra services on Saturday, but passengers are advised not to turn up without a booking
• P&O ferry crossings between Portsmouth and Bilbao are fully booked until Wednesday, as are those from Hull to Zeebrugge and Rotterdam over the weekend
• Thomson Airways, the airline for Thomson and First Choice holidays, said all outbound flights over the weekend had been cancelled
• Flights between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been halted after reports of ash on an aircraft
• Ryanair cancelled all flights to and from northern Europe until 1300 BST on Monday. It will keep running in southern and central Europe, although flight restrictions are being imposed in Hungary and Romania
Unable to catch flights, many travellers across northern Europe have sought other means of transport, which has seen people filling trains, buses and ferries.
The Prince of Wales and Foreign Secretary David Miliband have cancelled their journey to the funeral of Polish President Lech Kaczynski.
And celebrities have not been immune to the travel disruption.
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