Ash closes airports in Northern Spain

Eyjafjallajökull is at it again. Only two days after its giant ash cloud blew out into the Atlantic, saving Ireland and the UK from more travel headaches, the cloud has reached south and affected Spain.

Fifteen Spanish airports have closed in the northern part of the country, including Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria, Zaragoza, Pamplona, La Rioja, Santiago, La Coruna, Vigo, Asturias, Santander, Leon, Valladolid, Burgos, and Salamanca. The cloud is now 1,200 miles (2,000km) long and stretches from Iceland to Spain, forcing international flights to reroute to the north and south. One of the major routes from Europe to North America flies just south of Iceland.

Travelers are advised to check ahead before flying anywhere in the region as Eyjafjallajökull’s volcanic activity is intensifying.