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'Majority' of Southampton Airport flights to go ahead

Queue at Southampton Airport
Passengers have been advised to check with their airline

The "majority" of flights at Southampton Airport are set to go ahead after UK airspace was reopened.

The airport resumed operations on Wednesday but only about half of flights went ahead.

Planes were grounded for six days because of a volcanic ash cloud from Iceland.

The airport is still advising customers to check with their airline but was confident almost all of its flights would go ahead on Thursday.

Earlier, a spokesperson said: "We appreciate the patience shown by the travelling public through these unprecedented times and look forward to welcoming them back to Southampton Airport."

Air traffic control body Nats imposed the air restriction because of the danger the ash poses to aircraft. Tiny particles of rock, glass and sand in the cloud could damage engines.

The volcanic eruption under a glacier in the Eyjafjallajokull area was the second in Iceland in less than a month.

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