Flights cancelled as ash cloud comes to UK

Flights cancelled as ash cloud comes to UK

More than 250 flights have been cancelled due to the ash cloud drifting across the UK and Europe. Followed by Loganair’s flight suspension last night, British Airways has now pulled flights between Stansted and Scotland until 2pm today and KLM cancelled 16 flights to and from the UK. Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle are currently the most affected airports but it is thought that the ash cloud could reach Heathrow by 2pm today. However the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and safety organisation Eurocontrol has said that disruption will not be as severe as last April, as airlines are more prepared. “Our number one priority is to ensure the safety of people both onboard aircraft and on the ground,” explained Andrew Haines, chief executive of the CAA in a statement yesterday. “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.”

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