Ash cloud: Scottish airports May open tomorrow?

Ash cloud: Scottish airports to open tomorrow

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Sabre Flight Explorer map above shows the extent of the ash cloud, in red, over Europe at 7pm last night.Straight blue lines show flight routes being used, with A and B being the only two in or out of northern Europe, which are being used only for test flights.The aircraft symbols show the aircraft flying at the time. Blue arrows show the high altitude jet streams

Airports in Scotland will open from 7am tomorrow and England and Wales could follow later in the day.

National Air Traffic Control Service said the volcanic eruption in Iceland had reduced and the volcano was no longer emitting ash at altitudes that would affect the UK.

“Assuming there are no further significant ash emissions we are now looking at a continuously improving situation,” it said.

Nats said restrictions across the UK would remain until 7am on Tuesday, but from that time Scottish airspace would open down to a line between Teeside and Blackpool.

It added that there was a chance restrictions to airspace above England and Wales could also be lifted tomorrow.

“This is a dynamic and changing situation and is therefore difficult to forecast beyond 07.00 local time; however, the latest Met Office advice is that the contaminated area will continue to move south with the possibility that restrictions to airspace above England and Wales, including the London area, may be lifted later tomorrow,” it said.

The latest update is due at 9pm tonight (BST).

BAA, the UK’s largest airport operator, reacted cautiously: “The decision to lift airspace restrictions will be taken by others, and as things stand all flights remain suspended,” it said in a statement.

“When airports do open for business, we will continue to strongly advise passengers that they must check the status of their flight with airlines before travelling to airports. We appreciate the continued patience of our passengers at this difficult time.”

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