The area affected by volcanic ash from Iceland is expected to extend south to Portugal and possibly as far east as Barcelona and Marseille on Saturday, European air traffic agency Eurocontrol said.
Airports are closed or expected to close in northern Portugal, the north of Spain and parts of southern France, it said in statement.
Eurocontrol said it expected about 25,000 flights to take place in Europe on Saturday, down from 30,342 the previous day. It said Friday's number was in line with normal traffic levels.
"Ash eruptions are ongoing and the area of potential ash contamination is expanding in particular between the ground and 20,000 feet," it said.
ReutersLast Mod: 08 Mayıs 2010, 14:37