Ash Cloud Misery Continues
Scotland’s airspace was again declared a no fly zone this morning as more of the ash cloud sparked travel chaos. The decision to close the airspace came after flight chiefs deemed the skies unsafe for commercial airplanes to fly. This means that all of Scotland’s airports are closed including Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow, resulting in more travel misery for passengers. This second cloud has already caused problems for Irish travellers; flights have been grounded to Islay, Barra and Benbecula until further notice. Airports in England and Wales have also been warned of the possibility of another shutdown as the cloud moves south today.
After the controversy surrounding the decision to close UK airspace last month, officials for the Civil Aviation Authority have released a statement to confirm that the ash levels were above the levels thought to be safe by engine manufacturers. The level of ash has led to an estimated closure period of 24 hours for Scottish and Northern Ireland airports. However as the situation is very dynamic, passengers expecting to fly today should contact their airlines to double check. Officials at London and Luton airports have also advised passengers to call ahead before arriving at the airport, to avoid any unnecessary travel.
Forecasters have predicted that this latest cloud of ash could potentially clear by tomorrow, a welcome relief for any passengers thinking that they had avoided the travel misery caused by the Icelandic volcano. If you are planning on travelling in the next 24 to 48 hours it is advised to check with your travel provider or airline before making the trip to the airport, even if the media reports that the skies are clear it is wise to double check this unpredictable situation.
Author: Archie Arch