Update: Ash Closes U.K. and Ireland Airports, London Remains Open

May 16, 2010
(4:40 p.m. EDT) -- As predicted, Iceland's volcanic ash cloud has once again closed airports in the U.K., reports the A.P. However, London's airports -- including travel hub Heathrow -- remain open for the time being.

If you're flying from or through any British Isles airports to reach your next cruise, here's what you need to know:

Airports in Northern Ireland, northern England (such as Manchester and Liverpool) and Scotland's Prestwick shut down at 8 a.m. EDT Sunday.

Dublin's airport is planning to close from 2 p.m. EDT today to at least 7 a.m EDT on Monday.

London airports are expected to remain open until 8 p.m. EDT Sunday.

The airports in Cork, Shannon and Kerry, Ireland, are expected to remain open.

Additional airport closures today include Carlisle, Teesside, Humberside, Leeds Bradford, Blackpool, Ronaldsway, Caernarfon, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Doncaster, Norwich, Birmingham, East Midlands, Campbeltown, Islay and Barra.

Cruise travelers looking for an alternate method of traveling between the U.K. and Europe should note that Eurostar plans to add four more trains on its London-Paris route on Monday.

We'll keep you updated on airport closures and re-openings.

--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor

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