Posted on April 19, 2010

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Volcanic ash flight ban continues

Some passengers at Stansted spent Friday night on the terminal floor

Passengers at Stansted Airport

No joy for anyone in any language, whether it says "cancelled" "annulliert" or "delayed". If Charlie Brown were around, he'd have wailed: "When, Great Pumpkin, WHEN?"

Airline passengers due to fly from Stansted face further disruption as ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland drifts across the country.

The grounding of all non-emergency flights from the Essex airport began on Thursday and will continue until at least 1900 BST on Monday.

A statement from Stansted advised passengers not to travel to the airport until further notice.

It said travellers should contact their airlines for further information.

They were also warned further delays could be expected when restrictions are eventually lifted.

Air traffic control body Nats has imposed the restrictions because of the danger ash poses to aircraft.

Experts have warned the tiny particles of rock, glass and sand contained in the ash cloud would be sufficient to jam engines.

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