Monday, April 19, 2010

ASH UPDATE 1600 19th APRIL: Plans Announced To Reopen UK Airspace Tomorrow

At Current State British Travel Will Be Possible
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UK – The latest release from NATS indicates that the ash cloud has receded somewhat due to less emissions coming from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland.

At this time NATS are stating that they are intending to open UK airspace north of a line from Teeside to Blackpool as of 0700 BST tomorrow (the 20th) allowing flight operations to resume in Scotland and the North of England.

Should conditions continue to improve then they hope to open the airspace over the Midlands at 1200 BST and the South by perhaps 2000 BST.

NATS are at pains to point out that this is not definite as the situation is entirely unpredictable if the volcano alters its behaviour. However, these are the plans if the current conditions persist.

Even if UK airspace is opened and able to stay so, travellers should expect disruption for some time yet as airlines struggle to catch up. The advice, as always, is to keep in contact with your airline.

(pic: Projection for 0600 BST 20/4/2010)