Holidaymakers across the North West are facing delays following the eruption of a volcano in Iceland’s which has caused a massive ash cloud to float over UK airspace.
Around 175 flights to and from Manchester were cancelled today with the airport effectively closed amid fears that the knock-on effect could cause chaos throughout tomorrow and the weekend.
The Air Traffic Control Service (Nats), imposed airspace restrictions after the Met Office warned the ash could damage engines. All UK airspace is being shut down from midday until at least 6pm.
Met Office forecasters have warned that the cloud could remain over Britain until the weekend.
The ash is the result of the second eruption in Iceland in less than a month.
It happened under a glacier in the Eyjafjallajoekull area and experts have said it could erupt again – and cause more misery.
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