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New wave of volcanic ash chokes air traffic in Scotland, Ireland

 
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New wave of volcanic ash chokes air traffic in Scotland, Ireland
DUBLIN - A new wave of dense volcanic ash from Iceland snarled air traffic Wednesday in Ireland and Scotland, stranding tens of thousands of people and threatening to spill into the air space of England.

Ireland's key hub, Dublin Airport, admitted defeat for the day and cancelled all flights until 4 a.m. Thursday, marooning more than 30,000 passengers in the process.

More than a dozen other airports throughout the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland shut down, too, as unseasonal winds pushed the engine-wrecking ash southwest back toward the Atlantic rather than northeast into the unpopulated Arctic.

The renewed volcanic-ash threat in the skies of Britain and Ireland this week, following a two-week lull, has tested the more precise safety rules adopted by European aviation authorities following the unprecedented April 14-20 closure of most northern European airspace.

Britain's Civil Aviation Authority said Wednesday's ash threat might reach northwestern England and Wales but would miss the four major airports of London.

Authorities are seeking to stop flights only when the ash reaches certain density levels and gets within 100 kilometres of an airport's path for landings and takeoffs a stark contrast to last month's closures of air services throughout several countries.

In Scotland, Glasgow Airport shut immediately Wednesday but its eastern neighbour, Edinburgh, stayed open until midday though most airlines cancelled services there anyway amid widespread confusion.

The Irish Aviation Authority said Dublin should be the country's first airport to reopen.

The rapidly changing situation obliged would-be fliers to hop on trains, buses and taxis to reach nearby airports. Virgin Trains also launched extra services Wednesday between Scotland and London.

Market-leading airline Ryanair sought to discourage the passengers' dashing from airport to airport by announcing blanket closures Wednesday for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Dublin.

Ryanair also warned customers planning to fly out of several airports in the west and north of England Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle to check the company's website and remain alert for possible closure announcements.

But Scotland's leader, First Minister Alex Salmond, slammed the Civil Aviation Authority for issuing a vague, inaccurate statement overnight that resulted in unnecessary flight cancellations in eastern Scotland, including Edinburgh and Aberdeen. He said the CAA had apologized to him.

"That can't be allowed to happen again. ... Press statements must be clear and not cause confusion," Salmond said.

Aviation chiefs in Ireland and Britain said they were updating their closures and reopenings within minutes of receiving updated ash maps every six hours from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in England.

Donie Mooney, operations director at the Irish Aviation Authority, said the volcano's emissions changed over the past few days and caught forecasters off guard, forcing Ireland to abandon its hopes of staying open Wednesday.

"The ash plume has been going higher and the ash is of a coarser nature. That threw our projected opening times into some disarray," he said.
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Re: New wave of volcanic ash chokes air traffic in Scotland, Ireland
i bet Cruise companies are scheming at all this
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Re: New wave of volcanic ash chokes air traffic in Scotland, Ireland
dippy hf
Don't do this Naked.
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Re: New wave of volcanic ash chokes air traffic in Scotland, Ireland
bump
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Re: New wave of volcanic ash chokes air traffic in Scotland, Ireland
i bet Cruise companies are scheming at all this
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The Irish Sea Ferries are raking it in last few weeks.
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Re: New wave of volcanic ash chokes air traffic in Scotland, Ireland
Dublin Airport closed until at least 4am
watch listen Wednesday, 5 May 2010 17:09

The Irish Aviation Authority has said it expects to lift restrictions at Dublin Airport at 4am tomorrow morning.

The airport has been closed since 11am due to the ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland.

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The IAA has said it will confirm the lifting of restrictions on Irish airports at 8.30pm tonight following further advice from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre and Eurocontrol.

Elsewhere, the airports in Waterford, Knock and Donegal are set to re-open at 6am, while Galway airport will begin operations at 9am.

Shannon Airport will close from 5.30pm this evening until 1pm tomorrow, while Cork Airport will close from midnight until 11am. Kerry Airport will be open until midnight and then close until 3pm tomorrow.

The IAA said it 'appreciates the difficulties facing passengers and airlines at this time'. It added that decisions are taken solely on the grounds of safety.

The IAA said intending passengers should continue to contact their airline's website to establish the up-to-date position on flight schedules.

Northern Ireland's two main airports, Belfast International at Aldergrove and the George Best Belfast City Airport, both closed at 1pm until 7pm.

Scottish airspace is also affected. Glasgow Airport is closed and Edinburgh Airport is to shut from 1pm until 6pm.

Aer Lingus has confirmed that it plans to operate its full transatlantic schedule from Ireland to the US tomorrow, Thursday 6 May.

Aer Lingus intends to operate the majority of its short-haul services, however some disruption is anticipated.

All departing and arriving flights into Dublin and Belfast airports have been cancelled for the remainder of today.

The IAA has advised that Shannon airport will remain open up to 17:30 and all Aer Lingus scheduled flights will operate up to this time.

All flights departing and arriving Cork airport are planned to operate as scheduled for the remainder of the day.

Ryanair has announced that for tomorrow, it expects:

. No disruption at UK airports.

. Flights to/from Dublin and Knock to operate on schedule.

. All flights to/from Cork cancelled until 1200hrs

. All flights to/from Shannon cancelled until 1400hrs.

. All flights to/from Kerry cancelled until 1600hrs.
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Re: New wave of volcanic ash chokes air traffic in Scotland, Ireland
^^ false hope there

E15 is blowing her arse off at the moment.





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