As Volcanic Ash Cloud Halts UK Flights, HolidayExtras.com Urges Travellers to Prepare for Further Disruption

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UK airports have ground to a halt today as a result of volcanic activity in Iceland and airports are strongly advising passengers not to travel to the airport.

UK airports have ground to a halt today as a result of volcanic activity in Iceland and airports are strongly advising passengers not to travel to the airport.

The Air Traffic Control Service (Nats) has stated that there will be no flights permitted in UK controlled airspace from midday today until at least 6pm, other than emergency situations. Nats imposed restrictions after the Met Office warned ash could damage engines.

HolidayExtras.com, the UK’s market-leading travel add-ons company, is appealing to holidaymakers who have plans to travel tomorrow to avoid any possible travel hassles by pre-booking an airport hotel.

Booking an airport hotel in advance with HolidayExtras.com can cost as little as £35 a night, and provides peace of mind as well as a relaxing start to a trip abroad. Travellers can also upgrade their hotel stay before arrival by adding extras such as breakfast, dinner or an executive room to their booking - all at a reduced cost compared to ordering at the hotel.

HolidayExtras.com offers more than 165 airport hotels at 26 UK airports, ranging from budget 2-star to 5-star luxury.

Matthew Paxton, HolidayExtras.com’s chief operating officer, said: “Pre-booking a hotel would be a good option for those passengers who are expecting to fly tomorrow morning. By reserving your room at an airport hotel you can afford to relax during this time of uncertainty; and get safely to the airport in good time."

Gatwick, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports were the first to ground their planes with Heathrow and Stansted airports suspending flights from mid-day. And there are warnings the debris could have a “considerable impact” as it moves further south.

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