Icelandic Volcanic Ash Disruption (Update 3)

Updated: 20th April 2010, 07:30 BST

In this post we will keep you updated on the latest information from the National Air Traffic Contol Service (NATS) and the Met Office regarding the Volcanic Ash situation currently affecting UK airspace.

Statement on Icelandic volcanic eruption: Tuesday April 20, 02:45

Since our last statement at 2100 (local time) yesterday, the volcano eruption in Iceland has strengthened and a new ash cloud is spreading south and east towards the UK. This demonstrates the dynamic and rapidly changing conditions in which we are working.

Latest information from the Met Office shows that the situation is variable. The information shows that Scottish airsports should be available from 0700 (local time) and more airspace over England may become available from 1300 (local time) although not as far south as the main London airports.

We will continue to monitor Met Office information and the situation is likely to change during the course of the day. We will make a further statement at approximately 0900 (local time), today, Tuesday 20 April.

NATS is maintaining close dialogue with the Met Office and with the UK’s safety regulator, the CAA, in respect of the international civil aviation policy we follow in applying restrictions to use of airspace.

We are working closely with Government, airports and airlines, and airframe and aero engine manufacturers to get a better understanding of the effects of the ash cloud and to seek solutions.


Where is the ash cloud?

Please see below the latest forecast map showing the area of the ash cloud. The red area indicates no take off or landing, as the ash cloud is below 20,000 ft. However, it may be possible to overfly these areas at an altitude greater than 20,000 ft. Blue and green areas indicate the ash cloud is above 20,000 ft, and so no overflights are possible.

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