Flights hit as ash cloud reaches UK

25 May 2011 09:20

Passengers wait at Glasgow airport in Scotland following a number of flight cancellations

Passengers wait at Glasgow airport in Scotland following a number of flight cancellations

Air travel to and from Scotland has been hit by the volcanic ash cloud making its way from Iceland to Britain.

Glasgow was the first to be hit with flight cancellations, with many passengers who received early notice of grounded services deciding not head to the airport in hope of improvement.

After being caught unaware by last April's transport chaos following the Eyjafjallajokull eruption, passengers this time are likely to have armed themselves with travel insurance policies covering ash cloud disruption.

Regional carrier Loganair cancelled 38 scheduled services across Scotland between 6am and 1pm on Tuesday, while Irish airline Aer Lingus cancelled 12 flights at Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh airports.

British Airways grounded all services from London to Scotland until 2pm and easyJet also announced cancelled flights from Glasgow until lunchtime.

Holiday firms Thomson and Thomas Cook made arrangements to pick up their customers from Glasgow Airport and transport them by buses to Manchester for later flights.

The airport's cafes were packed and people sat on their suitcases or trying to catch up on sleep as they waited for news.

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