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Ash cloud hits Scottish flights, Ryanair complains

LONDON : Ash from an Icelandic volcano forced the cancellation of dozens of flights to and from Scotland on Tues
Published May 24, 2011

VolcanoLONDON: Ash from an Icelandic volcano forced the cancellation of dozens of flights to and from Scotland on Tuesday but Ireland's Ryanair said it would protest against "unnecessary" restrictions.

Worries about the effect of the ash cloud pushed forward US President Barack Obama's planned departure from Ireland and he arrived on Monday night in Britain to begin a state visit.

Last year, ash from another Icelandic volcano caused 100,000 flights to be cancelled, stranding 10 million passengers and costing the industry an estimated $1.7 billion in lost revenue.

Iceland's President Olafur Grimsson told CNN the latest eruption was on a "monumental" scale but would not wreak the same havoc on aviation.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2011

Copyright Reuters, 2011

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