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Birmingham Airport remains closed by volcanic ash

Cancelled flights
UK airspace was closed as the ash cloud spread across the country

Birmingham Airport has been closed for a second day because of volcanic ash from Iceland blowing over the UK.

It is expected to stay shut until at least 1300 BST on Saturday and passengers who were due to fly are advised to contact their airline.

A limited number of flights could run to and from Northern Ireland and western Scotland.

Much of England's airspace remains closed, and it could stay that way further into the weekend.

The ash, from the Icelandic volcano Eyjaffjalljokull, has also caused airport and aircraft movement shutdowns in other parts of Europe, including France, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Holland.

The grounding of nearly all non-emergency flights began on Thursday morning because of the danger to aircraft engines from tiny particles of rock, glass and sand.

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