May 8th, 2010
08:05 AM ET

Volcanic ash closes airports in Spain

Fifteen Spanish airports will be closed Saturday afternoon because of ash blowing from a volcano in Iceland, aviation officials said.

The closures affect airports on the northern coast and in the northern half of the country, including ones in Bilbao, San Sebastian and Santander, according to AENA, the Spanish airports and air navigation authority.

The restrictions began at noon (6 a.m. ET) and will last until at least 6 p.m. (noon ET), AENA said.

Eurocontrol said that during the day Saturday, the ash cloud is expected to extend south to Portugal and as far east as Barcelona, Spain, and Marseille, France.

Filed under: Air travel • Iceland • Spain
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  1. warlord

    the end of the world will be from volcanic ash blocking the sun and causing a ice age this one wasnt big enough there will be a eruption 100 times that some day booom alll done

    May 8, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. MasterChief

    It's more likely than the "global warming" boogeyman, that's for sure.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |