Ash Cloud Update: Spanish Airports Reopen

May 12, 2010
Update, 5:15 a.m. EDT: Eurocontrol is reporting that Spanish airports are now open, but some may be operating at a reduced capacity. Be sure to check with your airline for information on delays.

(May 11, 6:15 a.m. EDT) -- The volcanic ash cloud is disrupting air travel again today, with airspace closures in parts of Europe.

According to the latest report from European air safety agency, Eurocontrol, restrictions are in place in Southern and Central Spain and Portugal, including the Canary Islands.

The BBC is reporting that four airports in the Canaries are closed, including Tenerife and La Palma. Both are popular ports of call for cruisers, although no ships are turning around there at the moment.

Fortunately for cruisers, Spain's largest cruise hub, Barcelona, isn't impacted.

Eurocontrol has said today that the ash concentration in the Atlantic is now dispersing, which is helping the situation for transatlantic flights that have had to re-route around the cloud, increasing flying times.

Many passengers have faced delays and cancellations during the past few days as the second wave of ash chaos hit parts of Europe including Spain, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Southern Germany, Croatia, Northern Italy, Scotland and Ireland.

As we mentioned yesterday, however, the situation is changing constantly and travel has become an unpredictable activity. Passengers are advised to contact their airline for information on delays.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor

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