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Volcanic ash disrupts Norwich flights

PUBLISHED: 11:12 15 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:25 30 June 2010

Norwich airport passengers have faced disruption this morning following a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Most flights out of Norwich International Airport have been cancelled including Flybe services to Manchester, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Amsterdam which were all due to leave before 9am.

Norwich airport passengers have faced disruption this morning following a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Most flights out of Norwich International Airport have been cancelled including Flybe services to Manchester, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Amsterdam which were all due to leave before 9am.

Flights later in the morning are also expected to suffer although it is hoped the evening flights will go ahead.

Airport duty manager Jane Ellis said: “We are now working hard to contact those booked on later flights to let them know the situation.

“At this time of the year a lot of our passengers are travelling for business but Jersey is a popular destination for tourists and a lot of people travel to Amsterdam for onward transfers.

“We are waiting to see what the impact on later flights will be. We just have to keep our fingers crossed and hope the weather works in our favour.”

Flights into Norwich have also been affected and flights from both Stansted and Luton airports have also been cancelled.

Airports across the country have been hit because the eruption has meant volcanic ash plumed into the air meaning it could prevent engines and electronics functioning properly.

Forecasters said they did not know how long the ash would take to disperse. Matt Dobson, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, said: “The concern is that as well as the eruption, the jet stream passing through Iceland is passing in a south easterly direction, which will bring ash to the north of Scotland and Denmark and Norway. But it is impossible to say how much ash will come down.”

Passengers are advised to check www.norwichairport.co.uk for more information.


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