UK airports reopen after safety ruling

UK airports reopen after safety ruling

UK airports have reopened as of 10pm Tuesday 20 April. The decision, announced by Transport Secretary Lord Adonis, came after meetings with the Civil Aviation Authority about the risk assessment of aircraft flying through an ash cloud.

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Some restrictions will stay in place, but these are unlikely to affect the majority of flights. Passengers should still contact their carrier before travelling.

Dame Deidre Hutton, of the Civil Aviation Authority, said that after extensive consultation there had been a change in policy for air travel through ash clouds. It is believed that recent test flights through ash clouds have contributed to the decision.

There are still some no-fly zones to ensure passenger safety, but much of UK airspace previously categorized as unsafe is now understood to be within tolerance levels of aircraft engines. The news comes after the Met Office suggested that winds would favour UK airspace in the coming week – though the volcano’s flume could instead affect North Atlantic air travel, particularly to Canada.

However, the regraduation of ash cloud density is likely to mean that few flights will be affected unless further significant eruptions take place.

Seismic activity in Iceland has dropped in recent days, though the threat of a major eruption at the Katla volcano, a neighbour to Eyjafjallajokull, remains high according to a historical correlation between the pair.

Travel chaos is expected to last for the next ten days, though passengers with tickets that are booked and planes still in the schedule should expect to travel. All travellers should confirm their travel details with their carrier before departure.

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