London City Airport flights grounded until tomorrow morning

FLIGHTS have been grounded at London City Airport for a second day as UK airspace remains closed following a volcanic eruption in Iceland. Flights may remain grounded until 1am tomorrow morning after ash spewed from the volcano and was blown around 900 mi

FLIGHTS have been grounded at London City Airport for a second day as UK airspace remains closed following a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Flights may remain grounded until 1am tomorrow morning after ash spewed from the volcano and was blown around 900 miles across the Atlantic into UK skies, creating a major safety risk for aircraft.

It was hoped that flights would be able to take off after 7pm today (Friday) but air travel authorities have extended the flight ban until 1am tomorrow (Saturday).

Officials at London City Airport hhave said they will keep passengers updated with the latest news but the Met Office is warning that the ash may take some days to clear.

The cloud of volcanic ash contains small particles of silicon which experts say can stop a plane's engines mid-flight.

All other UK airports are still closed and, once the airspace is reopened, flights are still likely to be subject to delays as a backlog of planes is expected.

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The airport is advising passengers to contact their airline, details of which can be found at www.londoncityairport.com

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