Volcanic ash: Europe flights grounded for third day

Virtually all of Europe’s major airports remain closed as a huge plume of volcanic ash drifts south and east across the continent from Iceland.

Millions of air travellers are stranded across Europe after some 18,600 flights were cancelled on Friday.

The disruption from the spread of ash would continue into Sunday, European aviation agency Eurocontrol said.

Airlines are losing some £130m ($200m) a day in an unprecedented shutdown of commercial air travel.

“Forecasts suggest that the cloud of volcanic ash will persist and that the impact will continue for at least the next 24 hours,” said Eurocontrol, which which co-ordinates air traffic control in 38 nations.

It said it expected only 6,000 flights in European airspace on Saturday, against 22,000 normally.

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