Monday, 10 May 2010

Normality is restored to European Airspace

Normality has returned to European airspace today at the volcanic ash cloud concentrations over the continent dispersed. With all airports across the region now open it is back to business as usual.

However passengers travelling Transatlantic continue to experience major disruptions as many are forced to take long detours to avoid the ash cloud adding hours to flight times.

There is further concern that the ash may head back towards to Portugal and Spain later today, which will result in more problems. Ryanair has already cancelled a number of its flights between the UK and Portugal, were as Easyjet is reporting a near normal services with just a few cancellations.

Many Airlines have reduced the number of flights to several destinations but have supplied large aircraft in an attempt to carry more passengers as they attempt to keep to their schedules after another weekend of travel disruption.

All airports and airlines continue to advise passengers to check the latest information before arriving at the airport. Whilst BA said it was trying to keep passengers informed "but it is a challenge when the cloud keeps moving around".

NATS (National Air Traffic Services) said: "The high density area of the volcanic ash cloud is now lying to the north-west of the UK and, as a result, there are currently no restrictions within UK airspace."

The Civil Aviation Authority, which agrees no-fly zones based on Met Office data, said current forecasts indicated skies over Britain should remain clear for the next 18-24 hours.

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