Volcano vs Air Travel Airports reopen after frustrating flight disru

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Aviation authorities will try to minimize further flight disruptions from a Volcano in Iceland, which temporarily closed three of Europe’s biggest airports yesterday. Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority said it agreed with airlines, regulators and engine manufacturers that new rules needed to be enforced that would allow planes to fly for a limited time through higher ash densities. Going into effect midday Tuesday, the new rules are subject to airlines getting a guarantee from their engine makers that their aircraft can safely tolerate the ash.British budget carrier Flybe is the first carrier that has satisfied these conditions, but it expected other airlines will follow suit soon and European authorities are likely to introduce similar rules.Commenting on the new rules, British air traffic control company NATS said, “There is mounting evidence that aircraft can fly safely through areas of medium density, provided some additional precautions are taken. “This is now what has been agreed,” the company’s CEO Richard Deakin said. “As a result of this change, there are no predicted restrictions on U.K. airspace in the immediate future.”London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport reopened yesterday after the dense volcanic ash dissipated.All three airports have warned travelers that it would take time for airlines to clear the backlog of delayed flights and to contact their airlines before travelling to the airport. All British, Scottish and Irish airspace will remain open at least until early Tuesday, but airspace over the North Sea was still restricted, affecting some helicopter operations.A Qantas spokesperson told e-Travel Blackboard that two QF flights which left Sydney on Sunday afternoon – one flying via Bangkok and another via Singapore – had to be diverted to Frankfurt before arriving in the UK three hours behind schedule. The spokesperson confirmed that all Qantas flights scheduled to leave Australia on Tuesday would be departing as planned. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/25ff1/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img

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