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Some Flights Take Off But New Ash Cloud Causing Uncertainty

Some domestic flights are taking off in the UK, as airports begin to reopen after five days without flights because of the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland.

The first planes from Edinburgh and Glasgow both headed for Stornaway after 0700 BST - among a handful of internal flights scheduled from Scotland.

But Nats said a new ash cloud was causing uncertainty and there was now a worsening situation in some areas.

Belfast Airport said it hoped to start flights to Scotland from 1000 BST.

It said if it got the go ahead from Nats, a Flybe flight to Glasgow would leave at 1015 BST.

Although Scottish airspace is open most of the flights are said to be to destinations elsewhere in Scotland.

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The first international flight from Glasgow is due to head for Reykjavik in Iceland at midday.

Schedules are constantly changing and passengers have been advised not to travel to airports until they have checked with their airline or tour operator.

At Glasgow, there was only a trickle of passengers checking in for the Stornoway flight, which carried about 30 passengers.

Some of the check-in desks were staffed, but had no queues. A flight from Aberdeen to Newcastle was set to depart at 0825 BST. Flights from Newcastle are expected to head to Aberdeen and the Isle of Man.

illustration of volcanic ash dispersion up to 20,000 ft, issued at 7 am on 20 April. Advisory charts are issued every six hours, for up to 18 hours ahead, by the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre.

illustration of volcanic ash dispersion up to 20,000 ft, issued at 7 am on 20 April. Advisory charts are issued every six hours, for up to 18 hours ahead, by the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre.