One of Cambridgeshire's oddest traditions gets under way this morning...
Ash cloud - travel disruption North West & Wales
As the ash cloud makes it way south, the advise is to check before you travel.
Manchester Airport update 8.10am
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has advised that high concentrations of ash from the volcanic eruption in Iceland will reach parts of Scotland during the morning on Tuesday 24th May 2011.
Consequently some airlines may cancel or delay a small number of flights between Manchester and Scotland. Passengers travelling on these services should check with their airline before coming to the airport.
Other than these services to Scotland, Manchester Airport is operating normally and we do not expect this to change for the foreseeable future.
We can reassure passengers with travel plans over the next few days that unlike 2010, the CAA will not close airspace and Manchester Airport will remain open.
This is because since April 2010, the aviation industry has learnt enough about the effect of volcanic ash on aircraft to allow all flights to operate safely if low or medium concentrations of ash are present in the atmosphere.
The CAA will work with the Met Office to advise airlines and airports precisely where ash is present in the atmosphere and at what density.
Airlines will then use this information and test results from the manufacturers of aircraft engines to plan and operate flights safely.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport update 8.10am
One flight to and from Aberdeen has been cancelled.
The majority of flights to and from Liverpool John Lennon Airport are unlikely to be affected by the recent eruption of Iceland's Grímsvötn Volcano, however, this is subject to change.
Please remember, if you're due to fly:-
- Keep an eye on the latest news reports and weather forecasts as the situation can change at short notice.
- Check the latest flight information direct with your airline or tour operator, preferably at their website, as phone lines may be extremely busy.
- Unless the airline or tour operator says that your flight is affected, you must arrive at the airport as normal.
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