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.