Page last updated at 15:21 GMT, Tuesday, 20 April 2010 16:21 UK

New ash cloud keeps Bristol Airport closed

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Ten planes were waiting for the go-ahead to take off at Bristol Airport

All flights to and from Bristol Airport have been cancelled until at least 0100 BST on Wednesday as the volcanic ash cloud flight restrictions continue.

A spokesman earlier said the airport would not reopen until at least 1900 BST, and then for the rest of Tuesday.

A new ash cloud has started to spread towards the UK from Iceland, causing more flights to be cancelled at most of England's airports.

A spokeswoman advised travellers to contact their airline for information.

At 1500 BST, air traffic control body Nats said that flight restrictions will remain in place in the UK until at least 0100 BST on Wednesday, except for parts of Scotland and part of northern England.

The Civil Aviation Authority, the UK's independent specialist regulator, has announced new guidelines that there will be phased reintroduction of UK airspace from 2200 BST.

Nats is due to make another announcement at around 2100 BST.

Disruption continues

Disruption to flights is expected to continue for the next few days.

The airport spokeswoman said there had been 10 aircraft at the airport on Tuesday waiting for the go-ahead to take off.

"We will work with the airlines as soon as we're operational to get those flights airborne," the spokeswoman said.

"Once we start working with the airlines they will start looking at repatriating customers back to Bristol and then look at their flight programme."

A Bristol school which closed on Monday because some teachers were stranded abroad by flight restrictions has now reopened.

Hanham Abbots Junior School, in South Gloucestershire, said eight members of staff had been stranded.

Five of them, who had travelled to Lithuania during the Easter break, returned to the UK by road on Monday.

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