Flights currently allowed above ash cloud
April 20th, 2010 by elisa

This morning it was announced that flights above the ash cloud will be permitted in the UK and at the time of writing this blog the National Air Traffic Service had not changed this information, however they have stressed that the situation could change according to the movement of the ash cloud.

Airlines hoping to start flying again from London airports today (Tuesday) had faced further uncertainty overnight as a new ash cloud headed towards the UK.

However, in a change from the previous stance, the Civil Aviation Authority has agreed, in line with new guidance from the International Civil Aviation Organisation, that flights were able to operate above 20,000ft in UK airspace between 13.00 today to 01.00 tomorrow morning.

Restrictions will remain in palce over the rest of UK airspace below 20,000ft.

NATS advice yesterday had indicated that the volcano eruption in Iceland had strenghtened with ash spreading south and east towards the UK.

“We are working closely with Government, airports and airlines, and airframe and aero engine manufacturers to get a better understanding of the effects of the ash cloud and to seek solutions.” a statement from NATS said today.

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