Flights cancelled Monday in St. John’s, N.L., due to volcanic ash

Volcanic ash from Iceland may be making its way to Newfoundland and many flights from St. John’s are being cancelled for Monday morning.

Volcanic ash from Iceland may be making its way to Newfoundland and many flights from St. John’s are being cancelled for Monday morning.

A spokeswoman for the airport in St. John’s, N.L., says Transport Canada and Nav Canada have told them there is about a 30 per cent chance the ash will hit St. John’s airspace.

An erupting volcano in Iceland has been sending a massive cloud of ash into the sky for days, forcing the closure of airspace over much of Europe.

Marie Manning, with St. John’s International Airport, says Air Canada, WestJet and Porter Airlines have cancelled flights as a precaution on Monday morning until 9 a.m.

She says there has been no order from Transport Canada or Nav Canada to shut the airspace, so each airline will have to assess whether to resume operations after 9 a.m. or not.

St. John’s is hosting the Juno Awards tonight and singer Michael Buble cut short his celebration after winning album and single of the year saying he was worried about the possible effect of the volcanic ash cloud.

“I spoke to my pilot…just now, who told me that the ash cloud would be coming to St. John’s by 3 a.m. and that it could be three days before anybody leaves here,” Buble said.