MADRID: An ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano caused new disruption to air travel in Europe on Saturday with Spain shutting down 15 airports and Portugal cancelling 104 flights, authorities said.

Spain's airport authority announced it closed 15 airports in the north of the country because of the risks from ash from the Eyjafjoell volcano, which last month caused the Europe's biggest aerial shutdown since World War II.

The shutdown would last until at least 1600 GMT on Saturday.

In Portugal 104 flights were cancelled at the airports in the northern city of Porto, Lisbon and Faro in the south, the Portuguese air traffic authority ANA said. — AFP