| GEO World|
| Volcanic ash closes 7 Spanish airports|
| Updated at: 1319 PST, Tuesday, May 11, 2010|
MADRID: Spanish authorities said seven airports are closed because of ash from the volcano in Iceland.
The Spanish National Airport Authority says airports in the Canary islands of Tenerife, La Palma and La Gomera are closed since 5 a.m. (0300 GMT) Tuesday, likely affecting dozens of tourist flights.
On mainland Spain, airports at Seville and Jerez in the south and Badajoz in the east were closed at 6 a.m. (0400 GMT).
The agency says elsewhere in Spain restrictions continue for planes flying between 20,000 feet and 35,000 feet above the ground, mainly affecting trans-Atlantic flights to and from other European countries.
Up to 20 Spanish airports, including international hub Barcelona, closed over the weekend because of the ash.