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Ash cloud grounds Europe's planes again

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Ash cloud grounds Europe's planes again


Airports in northern Spain were due to begin operating again this morning after abrasive ash blowing south from Iceland’s volcano forced them to close down yesterday.

Several hundred flights were cancelled, leaving 40,000 passengers stranded.

Air traffic in Portugal was also disrupted and the latest fall out from the ash cloud grounded flights to and from the Azores.

And the problem is not over yet. Most airports in northern Italy have now been closed and will remain so until 2pm local time.

It is thought the cloud could affect air traffic in southern France by Monday. That could be bad news for the Cannes Film Festival which begins on Wednesday.

But it is not only air passengers who are feeling the effects of the volcano which began erupting on April 14.

A blanket of ash has coated the Icelandic town of Vik, forcing many inhabitants to evacuate.

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