UK Airports close

UK Airports close

All UK airports have been shut down due to high volumes of Volcanic ash blown in from Iceland’s erupting volcano. National Air Traffic Service (NATS) announced that the country’s airspace would close completely, meaning no flights could depart or return to Britain. Flying through the ash would be extremely dangerous and every airline was affected by the crisis. easyJet Communications Manager, Andrew McConnell, said they would be flying as soon as possible without compromising safety, with management hoping the ash clears in time for the low cost carrier’s new launch from Doncaster on Monday. Meanwhile, travel insurance website, insurewithease.com, offered advice for travellers who may be facing delays or cancellations.”With many families likely to be heading back to the UK in the next day or so from Easter breaks, it is possible that they could face disruption as a result of the volcanic ash drifting towards the UK,” confirmed Paul Byrne, CEO, insurewithease.com.  He added that airlines and tour operators would be on hand to rearrange or refund flights and urged all passengers to check travel insurance details. For alternative means of transport, ferry services, including Irish Ferries continued to run as normal. Tickets for travel between Holyhead and Dublin and between Pembroke and Rosslare (and vice versa) were available and the company reported increased phone calls and website hits as stranded air passengers re-arrange travel. Meanwhile, Eurostar has also continued to run its services. Scientists have predicted the plumes of dust will be present until lunch time tomorrow at the earliest, meaning many passengers may be camped out in airports for another night.

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