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All flights operating on schedule, says Ryanair

Holidaymakers planning to take flights to Spain and other destinations over the weekend may be interested to learn that all Ryanair flights are currently operating on schedule.

The airline said it expects to have its backlog of passengers - stranded due to cancellations last week - cleared by the end of today (April 23rd).

"We apologise again to passengers for the disruptions they suffered over the last seven days as a result of the closure of European airspace, which we hope will not reoccur, even if there are further eruptions," said Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara.

In addition, the carrier has laid on extra flights to Spain over the weekend, with additional services operating between Birmingham and Alicante tomorrow.

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Passengers offered ash disruption advice

Brits who are taking flights to Spain or heading home from their break have been offered some advice on how to deal with the disruption caused by the recent Icelandic volcano eruption.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the EU Regulation on Denied Boarding and Cancellation gives travellers the right to reimbursement within seven days of the full cost of their ticket, or an alternative flight to their destination.

Holidaymakers waiting for the next available flight are also entitled to meals and refreshments, as well as hotel accommodation if an overnight stay becomes necessary.

"Passengers are advised to keep receipts of any expenses they intend to claim from their airline.

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Ryanair 'to operate extra flights to Spain'

Budget airline Ryanair has announced plans to operate extra flights to Spain and other destinations on Friday (April 23rd).

The carrier will run extra services to and from hubs including Dublin, Birmingham, Liverpool, London Stansted and Edinburgh.

"A limited number of seats will also be available to passengers who opted for a refund from Ryanair, but still find themselves disrupted, for a special one way fare of £100 (plus taxes and charges)," the airline stated.

Some of the destinations served by the airline include Alicante, Malaga, Lanzarote and Tenerife.

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Volcano eruption 'highlights need for travel insurance'

The chaos caused by the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland highlights the need for holiday cover, it has been claimed.

Steve Williams, head of travel insurance at Confused.com, said that although there has been some confusion over what passengers can and cannot claim for, protection is still a must.

"Although British airspace is now open, there could still be further complications as a result of the ash cloud," he explained.

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Flights to Spain 'now leaving from UK'

Brits planning to take flights to Spain in the near future will be pleased to learn that the majority of UK airspace has now been reopened.

Only a small area in northern Scotland now remains affected by ash blowing over from Iceland.

According to the National Air Traffic Service (Nats), restrictions were lifted as a result of guidance from the Civil Aviation Authority.

"This brings to an end a period of disruption and uncertainty for air passengers.

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EasyJet 'to operate 900 flights'

EasyJet is set to operate hundreds of flights to popular destinations such as Spain today (April 21st), it has been announced.

The news follows the decision to reopen British airspace after six days of closure.

Services resumed across the UK and much of continental Europe earlier this morning, with the airline planning to carry around 140,000 passengers over the course of the day.

"Safety is easyJet’s number one priority.

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Passengers advised to arrive at airport early

Holidaymakers taking flights to Spain and other destinations have been advised to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to their departure.

According to Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA), travellers should allow plenty of time to check-in and make their way through security due to the high volume of people who are likely to be flying today.

"A number of easyJet departures and arrivals have already taken place this morning and the airport is awaiting further information from airlines as to what other services will be operating over the coming days," it stated.

However, JLA warned that passengers should only travel to the airport once their flight departure has been confirmed.

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Planes remain grounded due to ash

Brits booked on flights to Spain and other destinations will be unable to leave the UK until 19:00 at the earliest, it has been announced.

National Air Traffic Service (Nats) said anyone hoping to travel today date should contact their carrier before setting out to the airport.

"Conditions around the movement of the layers of the volcanic ash cloud over the UK remain dynamic," the organisation stated.

Nats said it is working closely with the Met office and Civil Aviation Authority to determine when and where restrictions should be lifted.

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Brits 'search for flights to Spain'

The number of people searching for flights to Spain and elsewhere rose significantly over the last day, as travellers look to make alternative arrangements following the grounding of planes across the UK.

Figures from travel search site Skyscanner show that the number of people looking for flights increased by 282 per cent.

"This eruption has had an unprecedented impact on the travel industry with thousands of flights cancelled," said the company's chief executive Gareth Williams.

People are looking at ways to bypass the worst affected areas and get to their holiday destinations, he added.

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Most planes 'grounded until weekend'

The majority of travellers taking flights to Spain and other destinations will be forced to wait until at least Saturday before leaving the UK.

A large ash plume created by an Icelandic volcano means restrictions are likely to remain in place today (April 16th).

Experts fear particles of rock and glass in the ash could affect plane engines, causing them to jam.

A statement released this morning by The Air Traffic Control Service revealed that the volcano is continuing to erupt in Iceland.

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