| GEO World|
| Belarus, Ukraine close airspace because of ash|
| Updated at: 1325 PST, Saturday, April 17, 2010|
MINSK/KIEV: Belarus closed its airspace on Saturday and Ukraine's Kiev and other airports were closed to flights because of the huge volcanic ash cloud drifting over Europe, aviation authorities and airline officials said.
The aviation department at the Belarussian transport ministry said the country had closed its airspace overnight. Officials from Ukraine International Airlines and Aerosvit said Kiev airport would be closed until 3 p.m. (1200 GMT).
Ukraine's Lvov, Odessa, Donetsk, Simferopol and Dnepropetrovsk airports were also closed to flights for an unspecified period, they said.