Volcanic ash from Iceland closes Scottish air space again

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 4, 2010 4:27 pm

Here we go again. Today, meteorologists announced the volcano in Iceland would again be spewing ash all over the skies, making it unsafe to fly, especially in and out of Scotland. If you’re in the area, or planning on visiting the area, be sure to check your flight status before you head to the airport.

The Scottish government’s emergency response committee that handled the chaos last time this happened has been reactivated.

A CAA spokesman said: “Met Office forecasts show that levels of ash in the atmosphere over Scotland and Northern Ireland will exceed the concentrations that engine manufactures have agreed are safe for operations.                               http://www.flickr.com/photos/f650biker/ / CC BY-SA 2.0

“Unfortunately, this means that the CAA anticipates all Scottish and Northern Ireland airports will be closed from 7am local time.”

Reports have revealed that ash over UK airspace had increased in density as emissions from the volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, had become stronger.

Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney said he could not predict how the next few days will pan out, but passengers should not expect good news.

He added: “Scottish government officials are continuing to liaise closely with the Met Office, National Air Traffic Service (Nats) and other key agencies to ensure that further spread of volcanic ash clouds is carefully monitored and we remain ready to respond as quickly as possible.

“I appreciate that people will feel inconvenienced, some frustrated, at any further cancellations but I hope they will understand the need to follow the precautionary principle that the overriding consideration must be to ensure their safety.”