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Updates 04 May 2010: New Volcano ash cloud drift towards scotland again

Flights banned in Ireland and parts of UK over ash risk
The Irish Republic is grounding flights for six hours on Tuesday All flights in and out of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic have been grounded from 0700 BST because of fresh risks from volcanic ash. Airspace over Scotland's Outer Hebrides was closed, affecting Stornoway, Tiree, Barra and Benbecula airports, with Campeltown in Argyll also closed. Flights in the rest of the UK are operating as normal. An ash plume is drifting south from the same Icelandic volcano that wreaked havoc to European air travel in April. Flights over Europe were banned for six days last month because of fears of the effect of volcanic ash on plane engines. The decision to lift the restrictions followed safety tests that showed the engines could cope in areas of low density ash. The fresh disruption comes as European Union transport ministers are meeting in Brussels to discuss ways to improve air traffic management in the wake of last month's events. Last week a spokeswoman for EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said that had there been more co-ordination at EU level, air traffic could have resumed up to three days earlier. In the Irish Republic, aviation authorities have re-imposed a ban from 0700 to 1300 BST (0600-1200 GMT) on Tuesday. click here for full story at BBC.