Ash Update: London Airports Reopen

May 17, 2010
(8:40 p.m. EDT) -- London airports are once again closed, as Iceland's volcanic ash cloud disrupts U.K. travel schedules.

NATS, the U.K.'s air traffic authority, has updated the list of open and closed airports as the ash cloud continues to move to the south. If you're flying from or through any British Isles airports to reach your next cruise, here's what you need to know:

From 8 p.m. through 2 a.m. EDT Monday (1 a.m. to 7 a.m. BST, Monday), London airports -- Heathrow, Gatwick and London City -- will be closed due to ash.

Other airports closed due to the "no-fly zone" include Farnborough, Shoreham, Biggin Hill, Scottish Western Isles, Oban, Campbeltown, Caernarfon and Aberdeen. All airports in Northern Ireland are closed, and Cardiff is open with limited operations.

Airports that have reopened include Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds Bradford, Birmingham, Norwich and East Midlands.

Dublin's airport is closed through at least 7 a.m EDT (noon BST) on Monday.

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

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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