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East Midlands Airport flights grounded for fifth day

Empty EMA departure lounge
Airport officials have thanked passengers for their patience

The suspension of air travel from East Midlands Airport has continued into a fifth day.

This follows a ban on flights in UK airspace due to a cloud of volcanic ash being extended until 0100 BST on Tuesday at the earliest.

The airport said all flights were suspended until further notice.

Airport sources suggest officials are preparing for disruption to continue until at least Wednesday. Passengers are advised to contact their airlines.

A spokesman for East Midlands Airport said: "We would like to express our sincere gratitude to passengers for their continuing patience and cooperation in these unprecedented circumstances."

Alex Bristow from Nats, the air traffic control organisation, said it was looking at giving longer term information.

"We are working with our European counterparts, with the Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority to see if we can provide a little more certainty a little further into the future rather than a six-hour update.

"At the moment we don't have that but we will be working to provide a little more clarity further ahead."

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