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Tuesday, 20th April 2010
In Events In Japan,

Japanese MotoGP 'postponed due to volcano'

Volcanic ash has caused officials to postpone the Grand Prix of Japan, which was due to take place this weekend (April 23rd to 25th).

Air traffic in Europe has been halted since April 14th following a volcanic eruption in southern Iceland, meaning that many MotoGP teams will not be able to travel to the race weekend at Motegi Japan in time for the event.

Instead, organisers of the Grand Prix Bureau have suggested an alternative date of October 3rd for the Japanese event.

There are no plans yet to reschedule the next event on the MotoGP circuit, which is to take place in Jerez in Spain on May 2nd.

Today (April 20th), some UK domestic flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow took to the skies for the first time since planes were grounded across much of Europe last week due to volcanic ash.

Some European carriers, including British Airways, plan to proceed with some long-haul flights later in the day, according to the BBC. A small number of flights leaving Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam departed this morning, although many have been cancelled.

Written by Kimberley Homer.