Ireland may close airspace on Tuesday due to volcanic ashMay 4th, 2010 - 12:23 am ICT by BNO News
DUBLIN (BNO NEWS) — Irish authorities on Monday said it may be forced to impose a no-fly zone over Ireland on Tuesday due to the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland. A final decision on the closure will be made later on Monday.
Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) spokesman Martin Towey said it informed Irish-based airlines that it is concerned that Irish airports may be impacted by the drift south of the volcanic ash cloud, caused by the north easterly winds.
“Current information from the Volcanic Ash Advice Centre (VAAC) suggests that a ‘no fly zone’ may be imposed over Ireland tomorrow that may affect Dublin, Shannon and some regional airports,” Towey said. He said the IAA expects to make a decision on operations at 8.30 p.m. local time.
Over-flights of Ireland from the United Kingdom and Europe are not expected to be impacted tomorrow, neither are southern UK airports, including Heathrow.
People who have booked flights from or to Ireland on Tuesday are urged to check the airline website after 8.30 p.m. Irish time.
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