European flights continue to be affected by ash cloud

European flights continue to be affected by ash cloud

Flights to and from Scotland continued to be affected last night due to the volcanic ash cloud, with more expected during the next three days. British Airways and bmi were amongst the airlines forced to cancel flights to and from Glasgow and Edinburgh, although Virgin Atlantic’s schedules remained unaffected. According to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, around 500 flights were cancelled yesterday of the 29,000 that was expected. Authorities continue to say that the movement of the ash is unpredictable but it is expected to hit parts of Denmark, Norway and Sweden today. Meanwhile, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has criticised the European Union for its response to the situation. “Airlines and their customers need certainty. The process is working much more effectively and we have avoided the blanket airspace closures that brought much of the world to a standstill last year. But there is still no formal obligation for a unified and coordinated response,” said Giovanni Bisignani, director general and CEO of IATA. “European Transport Ministers should formally agree their determination to avoid a repeat of the 2010 chaos by embracing a common process based on airline safety risk assessments for determining whether and when it is safe to fly.” He urged governments to defragment the industry and was concerned to hear that the CAA was not using the test aircraft to assess ash levels. “It is astonishing and unacceptable that Her Majesty’s Government cashes

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