Flights resume as volcanic ash cloud moves clear out over Atlantic
Flights in and out of Shetland resumed a normal full timetable today after a day of disruption caused yesterday by the reappearance of high-density ash from the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull.
In a statement early this morning air traffic control agency NATS said all airports in the country were able to open as of 7am thanks to the intervention of favourable wind conditons.
“The no fly zone imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority tracking the high density area of the volcanic ash cloud, has moved west overnight and has now cleared UK airspace.
“According to latest information from the Met Office, from 0700 (local) today (Thursday) all UK airfields will be available.
“We continue to maintain close dialogue with the Met Office and with the CAA, which is responsible for imposing no fly zones. We will issue any further notice as necessary.”
Jonathan Hinkles, commercial director of Loganair, said: “All Loganair services for today (Thursday 6th May) are planned to operate as scheduled. No fly zone restrictions have been removed from Scottish airspace following a change in the prevailing winds, which have taken the concentrated area of volcanic ash out to the west where it is clear of UK domestic air routes.
“Although the situation could still be subject to change depending on the weather and levels of volcanic activity in Iceland, the medium term forecasts indicate that no disruption to flights is anticipated over the next few days. In the event that circumstances change, Loganair will issue flight information updates as soon as possible thereafter. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers once again for their patience and understanding.”
Flights between Glasgow and Sumburgh were suspended yesterday and the Edinburgh flight redirected to Aberdeen for passengers to be bussed to the capital, with an extra flight from Aberdeen laid on last night.
The ash cloud caused eight days of disruption last month when flights across much of Europe were grounded. A re-assessment by aircraft manufacturers and regulators about safe limits eventually led to airspace being reopened.