British Air Space will remain shut until at least 19:00 today.
Ministers have said that they are trying to do everything in their power to try to help the estimated 150,000 Britons stranded abroad. This include the option of flying them all to a Spanish hub and then using Royal Navy Ships to get the passengers home. They have already sent Royal Navy ships to retrieve members of the Army stranded in Cyprus.
A National Air Traffic Service (Nats) spokesperson said: “Based on the latest information from the Met Office, Nats advises the current restrictions across UK controlled airspace remain in place until at least 7pm on Monday 19 April.”
No one is quite sure what will happen next.
A statement released by the Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said: “Stranded passengers with return tickets on EU airlines have rights of assistance, including food and accommodation, and should contact their airline directly.”
Extra traib Capacity is being laid on through the Channel Tunnel.
Anyone with any concerns can call the Foreign Office helpline on 02070080000.