15 airports in Spain closed due to volcanic ash: officials

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Fifteen airports in northern Spain were closed Saturday because of the ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano, Spain's airport and air traffic authority Aena announced.

"The movement of the volcanic ash cloud coming from Iceland has forced us to close starting at noon (1000 GMT) the airports in Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria, Saragossa, Pamplona and La Rioja," Aena said in a statement.

Nine other airports in northern Spain which were already shut down due to the volcanic ash.

The airports will remain closed until at least 6 pm (1600 GMT) Saturday, Aena said.

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