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Iceland eruption: UK airspace closure extended (updated) 15 April 2010

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As a result of the ongoing Eyjafjallajökull-Fimmvörduháls eruption in southern Iceland the UK’s air traffic control organization NATS has extended the closure of United Kingdom airspace announced earlier today. NATS statement:

Statement on Icelandic volcanic eruption: Thurs April 15, 14:00

The cloud of volcanic ash is now spread across the UK and continuing to travel south. In line with international civil aviation policy, no flights other than agreed emergencies are currently permitted in UK controlled airspace. Following a review of the latest Met Office information, NATS advises that these restrictions will remain in place in UK controlled airspace until 0700 (UK time) tomorrow, Friday 16 April, at the earliest. We will review further Met Office information and at 2000 today (UK time) we will advise the arrangements that will be in place through to 1300 (UK time) tomorrow.

We continue to work closely with airports, airlines, and the rest of Europe to understand and mitigate the implications of the volcanic eruption.

As well as the total closure of UK airspace, the ash emissions from the Icelandic eruption are causing extensive disruption across the north Atlantic and northern Europe. The BBC has detailed and up-to-date coverage, and Dr Klemetti has more volcanological insights at the Eruptions blog: Threat of Icelandic ash closes airspace over Europe.

UPDATE – the latest statement from NATS is as follows:

Statement on Icelandic volcanic eruption: Thurs April 15, 20:20

The cloud of volcanic ash continues to cover much of the UK. Following a review of the latest Met Office information, NATS advises that restrictions will remain in place in UK controlled airspace until 1300 (UK time) tomorrow, Friday 16 April, at the earliest.

However, flights from Northern Ireland and the Western Isles of Scotland to and from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Prestwick may be allowed in the period from 0100 (UK time) to 1300 (UK time) tomorrow subject to individual co-ordination. North Atlantic traffic to and from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Prestwick and Belfast may also be allowed in the period.

We will review further Met Office information and at 0230 (UK time) tomorrow we will advise the arrangements that will be in place through to 1800 (UK time) tomorrow. However be aware that the situation cannot be said to be improving with any certainty as the forecast affected area appears to be closing in from east to west. We continue to work closely with airports, airlines, and the rest of Europe to understand and mitigate the implications of the volcanic eruption.

Also, there is news that volcanic ash is arriving in small quantities at ground level in the Shetlands and northern Scotland.

The Volcanism Blog

Comments

1. Andrew Sansone - 15 April 2010

Volcanic ash caused flight delays as far away as Newark Airport in New Jersey http://bit.ly/9UwAdH

2. s - 16 April 2010

I don’t like this! Affects people’s trip!

3. Simon Jordan - 16 April 2010

Well,I’d rather be safe than sorry!


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