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Monday, May 23, 2011

Ash Cloud: BA Cancels All Flights To Scotland as KLM Cancels 16 Flights to Britain - 23rd May 2011

British Airways has suspended all flights from England to Scotland until 2pm tomorrow because of a shift in the direction of the cloud of Icelandic volcanic ash.

The Dutch airline KLM has cancelled 16 flights to Scotland and England on Tuesday.

Glasgow-based Loganair has called off 36 flights.

Airports in Scotland have remained open but services from Barra, Benbecula and Tiree airports are at risk from the cloud.

The latest Met Office prediction showed the plume would cover Scotland and Ireland by 6am on Tuesday.

And the latest prediction by the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre at the Met Office indicated ash would be present up to 20,000ft over almost all of the UK by midday on Tuesday.

Air traffic control company Nats has advised passengers to check with their airline before travelling to these airports.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said the ash had already caused "modest delays" to some flights including some Atlantic services.

"We continue to monitor the situation in Iceland closely in conjunction with the Met Office," he said.

US President Barack Obama was flying to London from Ireland early in an effort to avoid potential delays.

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