Flight chaos: in pictures

Flights across the UK have been grounded as ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland moves south.

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Cars pass a motorway sign warning of flight cancellations. No flights will be allowed in or out of UK airspace until 7am on Friday, amid fears about the increased risk of engine damage.

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Aircraft of the holidary provider Thomson are grounded at Manchester Airport. Up to 4,000 flights are being cancelled, with airspace closed in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, among others.

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Passengers at Frankfurt International Airport wait at a Lufthansa desk to rebook their cancelled flights.

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Check-in desks at Glasgow Airport stand empty. Experts have warned that tiny particles of rock, glass and sand contained in the ash cloud from Iceland could jam aircraft engines.

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Passengers settle in for a long wait at Glasgow Airport. The UK's air-traffic control service, Nats, said it was "very unlikely that the situation over England will improve in the foreseeable future".

All photographs from AFP/Getty Images.

Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman.

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