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[quote user="RicandJo"]UK airspace locked down until 7am tomorrow (16th) at least. (from NATS)[/quote]

And probably longer ... Northern French airports are closing progressively this evening - Lille already, Orly and CDG at 2300. Belgian, NL and Scandihooligan airspace is also closed. Eurocontrol is reported as expecting disruption for a couple of days.

Just to add to the mix, they are reported as saying in Iceland that in the past, whenever this particular volcano has erupted, another close by has also erupted at about the same time, and so in Iceland hey ae preparing for a second eruption...

Regards

Pickles

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All flights cancelled until tomorrow lunchtime. Doesn't look good for my freedom bird home on Saturday :(

And as usual on days like this the rest of the airport went home hours ago and I'm still at work waiting for an aircraft main battery to arrive by road, which I have to replace before I can knock it on the head. :(
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[quote user="TWINKLE"]My brother was meant to fly from London today - hopefully he'll be here tomorrow early evening.  Anyone know if Toulouse airport has been closed down?[/quote]

Toulouse isn't the problem, I'm afraid, it's the UK end that is the problem - and will continue to be the potential problem. We were due visitors coming in from LBA today - cancelled. Friends with a place near us in France were unable to get back to the UK yesterday and cannot now travel before Tuesday as the flights are full.

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Pickles

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Here is the latest announcement from NATS

The cloud of volcanic ash continues to cover much of the UK and the eruption in Iceland continues. Following a review of the latest Met Office information, NATS advises that restrictions preventing flights in English controlled airspace will remain in place until 0100 (UK time) tomorrow, Saturday 17 April, at the earliest.

Flights in Northern Ireland and the Western Isles of Scotland to and from Glasgow and Prestwick will continue to be allowed until 1900 (UK time) subject to individual co-ordination.  North Atlantic traffic to and from Glasgow, Prestwick and Belfast may also be allowed in this period.

From 1900 (UK time), forecasts indicate that Scottish airspace may be able to accept domestic flights within Scotland and Northern/Southern Ireland, and North Atlantic flights to/from airports in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

We will review further Met Office information and at 1430 (UK time) we will advise further arrangements.  In general, the situation is dynamic and subject to change. 

 

 

Doesn't look good for today or tomorrow really.

As a knock-on effect, P&O Ferries Calais/Dover are saying they are full but there is some space for cars on Seafrance

The last time this particular volcano popped its top, it went on for 12 months [:(]

 

 

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Expect some flight disruptions tomorrow.....

Could that be the understatement of the decade? [:)]

News from nearby Gatwick is that everything from there is cancelled; the rest of Northern Europe is similarly disrupted and the cloud is moving south.

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We booked to fly back to France on Monday, then shortly afterwards heard the news about the the volcanic eruption.  [:(] Compared to many caught up on this we've got off very lightly, as we'll still be at home if the flight can't take place. There must be many thousands of people stranded away from home, and some of the Icelanders have been flooded out.

We usually have planes visible somewhere in the sky, as we live not far from a major airport. Those I've been noticing over the last little while are all red kites!

Thanks for the graphics of the ash cloud Ric, which are really interesting -  hope you get back to Jo safely and soon! [:)]

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Statement on Icelandic volcanic eruption: Friday April 16, 1445 (UK time)

The cloud of volcanic ash continues to move south through the UK and the eruption in Iceland continues.

Following a review of the latest Met Office information, NATS advises that restrictions preventing flights in controlled airspace over England and Wales will remain in place until 0700 (UK time) tomorrow, Saturday 17 April, at the earliest. From 1900 (UK time) today ATC restrictions will be lifted in a large part of Scottish airspace including Scottish airports, Shetland, Orkneys and also Northern Ireland.

On this basis, North Atlantic traffic can also operate to/from points in this airspace. Please note these arrangements do not mean that all flights will operate. Anyone hoping to travel today or tomorrow should contact their airline before going to the airport.

We are looking for opportunities when the ash cloud moves sufficient for us to enable some flights to operate under individual coordination with ATC. Some aircraft were able to operate at Manchester this morning, although restrictions are now reapplied to Manchester.

We hope there may be some opportunity from the north into Newcastle after 0100 (UK time) tomorrow - Saturday. We will review further Met Office information and at 2030 (UK time) we will advise further arrangements. In general, the situation is dynamic and subject to change.

We continue to work closely with airports, airlines, and the rest of Europe to understand and mitigate the implications of the volcanic eruption.
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All RYR services from UK cancelled until Monday 1300 hrs.  At least they are offering refunds, which they are not actually required to do as a volcano is outside their control.........

Insurers however seem to be playing the 'act of god' card.

And yes, it's one hell of a cloud, and still coming.  Not particularly dense, in fact to look up at the sky you wouldn't know, but this stuff is real nasty for aircraft to fly through, and it doesn't show up on the weather radar.  It is so fine it makes talcum powder look like builders sand but it is incredibly abrasive.

Hey ho.

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