15th April 2010 08:07[b:5m8rqiq9]UK Airports Closed By Ash Cloud From Volcano[/b:5m8rqiq9] British airports have been closed after a massive cloud of ash from a volcano in Iceland drifted into UK airspace. Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and Newcastle airports have been completely shut. And hundreds of flights from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester, Luton and Birmingham have been cancelled. Officials said more airports could close completely as the ash drifts over the UK. Airports are urging travellers to contact their airlines to check whether their journeys are affected. More than 150 flights have been cancelled at Heathrow and 138 at Gatwick, including the majority of easyJet and Monarch departures. Eighty flights have been cancelled at Birmingham. A Stansted Airport spokeswoman said: "Following advice from the Met Office, the National Air Traffic Service has introduced restrictions to UK airspace as a result of volcanic ash drifting across the UK from Iceland. "Passengers intending to fly today are asked to contact their airline for further information and should expect disruption in the coming hours." Manchester Airport said flights would be cancelled and delayed between 7am and 1pm. Some easyJet flights due to depart from Stansted Airport have also been cancelled. The volcanic eruption was the second in Iceland in less than a month. The heat from it is so fierce it melted part of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, sparking huge floods. Weather experts also said the ash could take a number of days to disperse. Experts say volcanic ash jams machinery on planes and there have been many instances of damage to jet aircraft in the past. After the Galunggung volcanic event in 1982, a British Airways Boeing 747 flew through an ash cloud that fouled all 4 engines, stopping them. The plane descended from 36,000 feet (11,000m) to 12,000 feet (3,700m) before the crew could manage to restart the engines. Sky weather presenter Lucy Verasamy said: "The ash cloud from Iceland represents a risk to aircraft since it can damage engines. "But in this instance it won't affect the weather - although massive and prolonged eruptions can cause a cooling of the climate."