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Saturday 20 January 2018

Airports set to reopen

Flights to and from Ireland are expected to get back to normal from midday today after volcanic ash closed some airports over the weekend.

Thousands of passengers faced travel misery after aviation chiefs imposed a no-fly zone over most of the country, with Dublin suffering the longest delays.

After an early morning review, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said the ash cloud should move off to the east as south-westerly winds move in.

Dublin airport will be open from midday, Donegal from 2pm, Sligo at 10am and all other airports are open until further notice.

The IAA said the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland was currently spewing ash and cloud 23,000-29,000ft in the atmosphere.

It created a massive plume, about 900 miles long by about 800 miles wide, which moved across Ireland and parts of the UK over the last few days.

But the IAA said: "The outlook for the coming days is positive and the IAA does not anticipate any further restrictions relating to volcanic ash at Irish airports for at least the next 48 hours."

Passengers have again been warned to check airline websites and the IAA website for updates on flight status.

Press Association

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