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24May/110

Airlines suspend services through Scottish Airspace due to Ash cloud

A number of airlines are choosing not to fly through Scottish airspace on Tuesday:

  • British Airways is not operating any flights between London and Scotland until 1400 BST
  • KLM cancelled flights to and from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Newcastle as well as flights from Durham Tees Valley Airport
  • EasyJet cancelled flights to and from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen between 0500 and 1300 BST
  • Ryanair said it has been advised by the Irish Aviation Authority not to operate flights from Glasgow Prestwick, Edinburgh or Aberdeen until at least 1300 BST but believed that "there is no basis for these flight cancellations"
  • Flybe cancelled flights to and from Aberdeen and Inverness
  • BMI said flights to and from Aberdeen were subject to delay and passengers should check its website, but services in and out of Glasgow and Edinburgh were running normally
  • Glasgow-based Loganair has cancelled 36 flights. Only inter-island routes in Orkney are unaffected
  • Eastern Airways will not be operating any services in or out of Scottish airspace

Latest path of ash cloud

Since last year, the CAA has graded ash levels as low, medium or high, and airlines are notified if levels reach medium or high.

All British aircraft can fly in medium-density ash but the airlines need to consider whether to fly, according to risk assessments.

A CAA spokesman said the current cloud could "potentially" cause serious disruption as charts showed the ash density below 35,000ft had reached the highest level at more than 4,000 microgrammes per cubic metre.

But he said procedures were "totally different" compared with last year and although no airlines had applied to fly in high-denisty ash, some had apllied for, and been given, permission to fly in medium ash.

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17Apr/100

Latest satellite image of Iceland Volcanic Ash Cloud over the UK and Europe

Meteorologists say the ash cloud could remain over Europe for a further five days.  Air traffic chiefs said the UK will remain on lock-down until at least 7am tomorrow. But transport boss Lord Adonis last night forecast "significant disruption" for at least the next 48 hours. Air traffic control company Nats said the ash cloud is "moving around and changing shape".

Latest satellite image of iceland volcanic ash cloud - Meteorologists say the ash cloud could remain over Europe for a further five days.

Latest satellite image of iceland volcanic ash cloud - Meteorologists say the ash cloud could remain over Europe for a further five days.

Huge numbers of Britsh travellers are stranded over seas and many more UK holiday makers are being forced to cancel their holiday. Our suppliers are also taking rebookings from those already booked at Bargain Villas