CAA ‘not ruled out’ flight disruption, Loganair cancels fliights

CAA ‘not ruled out’ flight disruption, Loganair cancels fliights

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said it cannot ‘rule out’ flight disruption following the volcanic eruption in Iceland. The authority, and safety organisation Eurocontrol, said that the airline industry was more prepared this time and as a result, any cancellations would not be as severe as last April. “Our number one priority is to ensure the safety of people both onboard aircraft and on the ground,” said Andrew Haines, chief executive of the CAA. “We can’t rule out disruption, but the new arrangements that have been put in place since last year’s ash cloud mean the aviation sector is better prepared and will help to reduce any disruption in the event that volcanic ash affects UK airspace.” According to Eurocontrol, flights in Scotland and Scandinavia could be affected tomorrow and although the eruption has calmed down, there was still a chance that ash could be swept across northern Europe. It said that Ireland and Spain could also be at risk on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Scottish regional airline Loganair has cancelled its flights between 6am and 1pm tomorrow except its inter-isles services in Orkney. The carrier is operating additional services between Kirkwall and Sumburgh to Edinburgh and Glasgow in advance of the expected disruption. “We do not yet have firm information relating to tomorrow afternoon’s flights but the expectation from the Met Office is that the presence of volcanic ash will persist throughout the day and will clear progressively on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning,” said a Loganair spokesperson.

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