All flights to and from Shetland back in the air as ash cloud departs
Flights in and out of Sumburgh are operating normally again after the more concentrated ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano finally moved out of British airspace.
Earlier in the day the BE6918 and BE6919 services to Inverness via Kirkwall and back were cancelled when a fresh no-fly zone was imposed by the authorities on airspace above Stornoway, Inverness, Wick and Kirkwall from 7am to 1pm.
There were also some minor delays on flights to and from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow during the morning as aircraft took longer routes to avoid the ash cloud.
The Flybe service operated by Loganair resumed operations again yesterday after a new agreement was reached with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) allowing it to fly in areas “where volcanic ash is present, but at sufficiently low concentrations that it does not pose any risk to flight safety”.
However, a cloud of ash with a concentration deemed unsafe lingered over the Western Isles, Orkney and the Highlands this morning, forcing Loganair to ground services to and from those destinations.
The company’s commercial director Jonathan Hinkles said this afternoon: “I am pleased to advise that services on all Loganair routes are now operating as normal. Flights have been restored this afternoon to Stornoway, Kirkwall and Inverness as no-fly zone restrictions have now been lifted by the Civil Aviation Authority and National Air Traffic Services due to the concentrated volcanic ash area moving out of UK airspace.
“A combination of the latest volcanic ash and weather charts provide a high degree of certainty that all services throughout the weekend of 24th-25th April can operate as planned. However, we do still recommend that customers continue to check the website for any further flight information updates before setting out for the airport.
“Once again Loganair would like to thank its customers for their patience and understanding over the last seven days as we have faced unprecedented challenges posed by various airspace closures.”