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Air flights in Europe again disrupted by volcanic ash

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Air flights in Europe again disrupted by volcanic ash


Volcanic ash has returned to torment air travellers in the north of Portugal and Spain.

Several hundred flights were cancelled on Saturday as winds once again blew thick clouds of ash into European airspace.

“The flights have been cancelled so we can’t leave before next week,” said one traveller. “We’ve been told to wait for Brussels Airlines to give us information about the flight, to see when they start up again.”

In Portugal, flights from Porto, Lisbon and Faro were affected, while Barcelona was among 19 Spanish airports to close. Several flights from Marseille airport were also cancelled, and difficulties in France and Italy could intensify in the coming days.

The travel chaos in continental Europe is nothing though compared to the difficulties of those who live close the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland.

Many have been forced to flee their homes because of the blanket of ash that has descended upon them.

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