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Ryanair, Aer Lingus, British Airways, Air
France-KLM Group and up to a dozen other carriers canceled about 500 flights
today due to the volcanic ash moving south from Iceland.
According to the Volcanic
Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC) in London, today
areas of high ash concentration were over northern
parts of the United Kingdom. As a result,
approximately 500 flights were cancelled from the
approximately 29,000 that would have been
expected today across Europe.
According to the VAAC
predictions, there is a strong possibility that the
ash cloud may impact parts of Denmark,
southern Norway and south-west Sweden by tomorrow.
This would have some impact on flights.
the European air traffic centre, says because of the
new procedures in place and the predicted movement
of the ash cloud over the coming days, the actual
impact on flights is expected to be relatively low.
Bloomberg says Brian Flynn, operations chief at
Eurocontrol, said the dust presents a “very real risk,” with the VAAC
predicting dense ash will drift over most of Scotland today, mainly at lower
altitudes, extending toward Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Midnight forecasts show
ash stretching across Scotland and northern England almost as far as the
Ryanair said despite Glasgow Prestwick and
Edinburgh Airports being outside the "red zone" on the most recent UK Met
Office charts, the UK Civil Authority (CAA) have decided that these charts are
wrong and have closed the airspace.
Earlier today Ryanair confirmed that it operated a one hour verification flight
up to 41,000 feet in Scottish airspace this morning. The aircraft took off from
Glasgow Prestwick, flew to Inverness, on to Aberdeen and down to Edinburgh - -
all of which according to the UK Met Office charts were in the “red zone”
of “high ash concentration.”
Ryanair said during the flight there was no visible volcanic ash cloud or any
other presence of volcanic ash and the post flight inspection revealed no
evidence of volcanic ash on the airframe, wings or engines. The absence of any
volcanic ash in the atmosphere supports Ryanair said its stated view that there
is no safety threat to aircraft in this mythical “red zone” which is
another misguided invention by the UK Met. Office and the Civil Aviation
Ryanair says it has also received written confirmation from both its airframe
and engine manufacturers that it is safe to operate in these so called “red
zones” and, in any event, Ryanair’s verification flight this morning
confirms that the “red zone” over Scotland is non-existent.
Ryanair has renewed its calls on both the UK CAA and the IAA to reopen the
airspace over Scotland and allow airlines to operate flights safely following
the verification flight
UK Transport Secretary rubbishes Ryanair's claims that its aircraft flew through Scottish red zone:
Maybe there should be self-regulation similar to
banking during the bubble.
Bill Gross on Europe's Debt Woes: Bill Gross, Chief Investment Officer at PIMCO joined CNBC to discuss the Eurozone's debt woes:
In New York Tuesday, the Dow rose
11 points or 0.09% to 12,392.
The S&P 500 rose 0.15% and the
Nasdaq slipped 0.13%.