Page last updated at 13:27 GMT, Friday, 23 April 2010 14:27 UK

Airports closed by volcano ash in the Highlands reopen

The volcanic ash cloud
The volcanic ash cloud continued to cose problems on Friday

Airports in the Scottish Highlands and Islands have reopened after being disrupted by volcanic ash from Iceland.

Inverness, Wick, Kirkwall and Stornoway airports were closed until noon because of a high density ash cloud overhead.

Several flights to and from Orkney were also cancelled or delayed because of the ash.

Meanwhile, Glasgow Airport is to act as a hub for Iceland's national carrier, Icelandair, following the closure of Keflavik Airport, near Reykjavik.

The carrier is expected to route around 17 transatlantic and European-bound flights through Glasgow while the ash cloud continues to disrupt Icelandic air space.

Scotland's other major airports also remain open, with flights getting back to normal after almost a week of severe disruption.

map showing ash cloud forecast april 23

But many Scots are still stranded abroad, including Nick Moss and his family who are stuck in the Seychelles along with a group of fellow Scottish holidaymakers.

They have been told they may not be able to get a flight until the middle of May.

Mr Moss told BBC Radio Scotland they have been getting no help from their airline or consul officials.

He said: "It is costing a lot of money - it could be upwards of four figures a day by the time we have added hotel bills and food bills.

"One of our party needs heart medicine, which is about to run out and the island can't get any more.

"So we are looking at having to get an air lift of medicine to the island, which is also very expensive."

Passengers have been urged to check with their airlines before travelling to airports.



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