Flight restrictions have been lifted across the whole of the UK after the volcanic ash cloud was blown away from the country’s airspace.

The restrictions on some airports in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the west country were lifted at 7am after prevailing blew the cloud away to the west of Ireland.

The National Air Traffic Service (NATS) is monitoring the cloud and will continue to impose flight restrictions as and when they are needed.

Already there are warnings that UK airspace may again be affected as the volcano in Iceland continues to erupt at full force and weather patterns remain changeable.