Ash Clouds Creates More Chaos in Ireland

6 May 2010 (Last Updated May 6th, 2010 18:30)

Flights to and from six airports in the west of Ireland will be cancelled today due to another massive ash cloud created by Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano that has caused havoc in European skies since last month. The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) announced yesterday that Shannon, Sligo

Flights to and from six airports in the west of Ireland will be cancelled today due to another massive ash cloud created by Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano that has caused havoc in European skies since last month.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) announced yesterday that Shannon, Sligo, Ireland West (Knock), Galway and Kerry airports will be closed until at least 1pm IST today due to the cloud, stretching 1,000 miles long and 700 miles wide, making flying in airspace dangerous.

Donegal will be closed until noon while Dublin, Cork and Waterford airports will remain open.

The northerly winds are keeping the bulk of the cloud out in the Atlantic but the increased size of the cloud is spreading on Irish airspace along the west coast of Ireland, the IAA said.

Passengers from London Heathrow to Shannon will be accommodated on flights to Cork or Dublin, while passengers from Shannon to Heathrow will be put on later flights.