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Fifth day of volcanic ash travel misery at London City Airport

PUBLISHED: 13:13 19 April 2010 | UPDATED: 15:53 05 October 2010

PLANES are still grounded at London City Airport as the cloud of volcanic ash hanging above Europe spells a fifth day of misery for travellers. Officials at the airport have said its airspace will be closed until at least 1am tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. A

PLANES are still grounded at London City Airport as the cloud of volcanic ash hanging above Europe spells a fifth day of misery for travellers.

Officials at the airport have said its airspace will be closed until at least 1am tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

Ash spewed from the volcano and was blown around 900 miles across the Atlantic into UK skies, creating a major safety risk for aircraft.

The National Air Traffic Control Service said: "Conditions around the movement of the layers of the volcanic ash cloud over the UK remain dynamic.

"NATS is maintaining close dialogue with the Met Office and with the UK's safety regulator, the CAA, in respect of the international civil aviation policy we follow in applying restrictions to use of airspace. We are currently awaiting CAA guidance.

"We are working closely with Government, airports and airlines, and airframe and aero engine manufacturers to get a better understanding of the effects of the ash cloud and to seek solutions.

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