Latest update on UK airport closures due to continuing volcanic ash activity - 17 May

Monday 17, May 2010


Latest update on UK airport closures due to continuing volcanic ash activity - 17 May


The ash cloud continues to change shape and two key areas affect operations stretching from the South of England to Northern Ireland, and over much of mainland Scotland to the Shetland Isles.


As a result, no-fly zones have been imposed by the CAA in these areas, for the period 0700 local until 1300 local today (Monday).


Airports within the no-fly zones include all those in Northern Ireland, Ronaldsway, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Northern Scotland. Cardiff, Swansea, Bristol and Farnborough are also in the NFZ.


Heathrow is open and flights will resume from 07:00 today. However, delays and cancellations are likely due to restrictions being applied by NATS to Heathrow's airspace. Gatwick airports will be clear of the no-fly zone however restrictions will have to be applied due to their close proximity to the no-fly zone particularly affecting Gatwick inbounds.


Information on airports in southern Ireland can be obtained from the Irish Aviation Authority website.


Passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling.




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