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North East ash cloud disruption eases

Newcastle Airport
Flights to and from Newcastle Airport were disrupted over the weekend

The majority of flights from airports in north-east England are expected to operate as normal following volcanic ash disruption over the weekend.

Some services from Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley were cancelled when ash from the Iceland eruption drifted over countries including Spain and France.

Most European airports were due to open on Monday, though a handful of Newcastle flights were affected.

Passengers are being reminded to check with airlines before travelling.

On Monday, Air France flights to and from Paris and the easyJet service from Palma were cancelled at Newcastle.

The airport warned several other easyJet services could be disrupted by the knock-on effects of aircraft and crew being in the wrong locations.

Airspace closures

On Sunday, Viking's Verona flight was cancelled, as were easyJet's Paris and Rome flights, while some departures were delayed.

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

Eurocontrol, the European air safety body, said some airspace closures were still in place over Iceland, the Atlantic and Portugal, meaning there could still be delays.

However, UK air traffic control service Nats has no airspace closures.

Last month, ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano shut down airspace across Europe for five days.

Recent images have shown activity in the volcano increasing and emitting ash up to 20,000ft (6,000m).

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