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Ash disrupts flights at north-east England airports

Newcastle Airport
Flights to and from Newcastle airport have been affected

Passengers flying to and from airports in north-east England could face disruption as Iceland's volcanic ash cloud moves across parts of Europe.

At Newcastle airport, Viking airline's Verona flight was cancelled, as was Easyjet's Paris and Rome flights. Some flights have also been delayed.

Durham Tees Valley airport was not affected on Sunday, but an Alicante flight was cancelled on Saturday.

The airports advised customers to check with their airline before travelling.

Durham Tees Valley's Ryanair Alicante flight was cancelled on Saturday after Spain closed 16 of its airports, and on Sunday Newcastle's Viking flight and Easyjet's Paris and Rome flights were cancelled as the ash cloud started to move.

An Easyjet Barcelona flight arriving in Newcastle was also cancelled but this was due to staffing issues.

Flights diverted

A spokesman for Durham Tees Valley airport said an Amsterdam flight had been cancelled on Sunday, but this was due to technical reasons.

Flights to and from Newcastle airport have experienced some delays. A spokesman for the airport said this was because some aeroplanes were being diverted around the ash cloud, extending flight times.

He urged all passengers to check the status of their flight with the airline, as grounded planes could have a knock-on effect to the wider schedule.

The Met Office said ash could return to UK airspace on Sunday and next week.



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