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Ash cloud leads to more cancellations

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A passenger makes a phone call in front of a board displaying scores of canceled flights at Prague's Ruzyne airport during April's widespread cancellations. (By David W. Cerny/Reuters)

4:42 a.m. Update: Here's a map from the United Kingdom's official weather service showing predicted ash concentrations and locations.

3:25 a.m. Update: According to Iberia Airlines, eight airports in Spain are currently closed because of the ash cloud: Jerez, Seville, Badajoz, Ciudad Real, Tenerife North and South, La Palma and La Gomera.

Eurocontrol was reporting additional disruptions over these areas: Canarias, Casablanca, Lisbon, Barcelona, Madrid, Iceland and Ireland's Shannon Airport.

Airlines and airports urge passengers to contact their airlines for the latest flight information.

Original post: Ryanair and EasyJet, Europe's largest discount carriers, joined airlines that canceled scores of flights as a volcanic ash cloud over the North Atlantic moved toward Spain.

Flights in Europe were being reduced Monday to 27,400, down about 5.5 percent from a typical Monday in May, Eurocontrol said on its Twitter page. Ash is affecting airports in Portugal and probably will hamper lower-altitude traffic over adjacent areas of Spain Tuesday, the air-traffic control agency said.

Ryanair scrubbed more than 90 flights Monday and is calling off 14 more Tuesday to Faro, Portugal, according to the the Dublin-based carrier's Web site. EasyJet, Iberia Lineas Aereas de Espana SA and Aer Lingus also stopped flights today, spokesmen said.

"We are in constant discussions with authorities and airports," Pauline McAlester, a Ryanair spokeswoman, said by phone. "Our goal is to minimize the disruption for passengers and flight schedules as much as possible."

Irish airports will stay open until at least 6 p.m. Tuesday, as a "large volcanic ash cloud" remains over the Atlantic Ocean.

-- Bloomberg News

By Michael Bolden  |  May 10, 2010; 4:33 PM ET
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