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Ash cloud shuts Portuguese, Spanish skies

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A plume of volcanic ash is once again causing misery for some European air travellers.

The cloud is drifting from Iceland across southern Europe and authorities in Portugal and Spain have partially shut their skies.

These were the scenes in Porto northwest Portugal where flights have been cancelled for the rest of Sunday.

Officials have also axed planned departures from Lisbon airport until further notice.

Spanish airspace is slowly returning to normal after 19 airports were closed on Saturday.

Three in the north of the country, Santiago de Compostela, Vigo and La Coruna, are set to reopen later today.

Eruptions from Eyjafjallakoull have shuttered parts of Europe’s airspace on and off for more than a month.

Recent images from Iceland have shown activity in the volcano increasing.