Fears that airspace will be closed for longer as volcanic ash moves across UK
May 16th, 2010 by elisa

More volcanic ash disruption to flights from the UK this weekend, with a current airspace no-fly zone across most of the North of England until 01.00 Monday morning.

The cloud continues to move and shift it’s size and spread and is predicted to move further south over night, so as the UK wakes up on Monday morning the worry is that most of the UK’s airspace may well be engulfed in the ash cloud and further restrictions will be in place until Tuesday.

The latest update on the NATS website is as follows:

“Airports inside the no-fly zone in England and Wales now include Carlisle, Teesside, Humberside, Leeds Bradford, Blackpool, Ronaldsway, Caernarfon, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Doncaster, Norwich, Birmingham and East Midlands.

In Scotland the no-fly zone includes the Western Isles, Campbeltown, Prestwick and Oban. All airports in Northern Ireland remain inside the no-fly zone during this period.”

These restrictions are costing the aviation industry millions of pounds and have received much criticism, most noted is from Sir Richard Branson, president of Virgin Atlantic, who¬†describes the situation as “beyond a joke”.

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