UK extends airspace closure to 0600 GMT Monday

LONDON, April 18 Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:05am EDT

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LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) - British airspace will be closed to flights until at least 0600 GMT on Monday because of the danger posed by clouds of volcanic ash from Iceland, UK aviation officials said on Sunday.

The air traffic body NATS said it would continue to review weather information and would issue an update around 2000 GMT.

"NATS is maintaining close dialogue with the Met Office and with the UK's safety regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), in respect of the international civil aviation policy we follow in applying restrictions to use of airspace," it said.

"We are currently awaiting CAA guidance.

"We are working closely with government, airports and airlines, and airframe and aero engine manufacturers to get a better understanding of the effects of the ash cloud and to seek solutions," it added. (Reporting by Tim Castle, editing by Tim Pearce)

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