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Airlines face summer of cancellations, says IAA

AIRLINES in Ireland and Scotland could face further disruptions to flight schedules this week after aviation authorities said they remain concerned that ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano could start drifting over the UK.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) warned yesterday that northerly winds forecast for the coming days could direct the ash cloud into UK airspace and cause further disruption for passengers.

Yesterday, the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) shut airspace over Scotland and Northern Ireland. It will close again from 7:00 am today due to dangers posed by ash from an Icelandic volcano.

IAA chief executive Eamonn Brennan warned that airports could face a summer of cancellations due to the volcano’s eruptions.