‘No fly zone’ over Ireland tomorrow

RTÉ reports that the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has warned Irish-based airlines that a ‘no fly zone’ may have to be imposed over Ireland tomorrow because of an ash cloud drifting down from Iceland.  From the IAA statement

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has 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 have to be imposed over Ireland tomorrow that may affect Dublin, Shannon and some regional airports.

The IAA expects a further update from the VAAC at 20.00hrs (8pm) and will make a decision then concerning operations at Irish Airports and Irish Airspace.

Over-flights of Ireland from the UK and Europe are NOT expected to be impacted tomorrow and southern UK Airports (Heathrow etc ) are not expected to be impacted. Flights originating from Irish airports may be affected.

Update I’ve removed the question mark from the title as RTÉ are now confirming

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has said Irish airspace will close from 7am tomorrow because of an ash cloud drifting down from Iceland.

The decision will be reviewed at 1pm tomorrow.

Adds From the BBC report

The UK’s air traffic control body Nats said there will be no restrictions over UK airspace before 0700 BST but it will monitor the situation overnight.

The IAA said the decision was based on information from the Volcanic Ash Advice Centre (VAAC).

The no fly zone will affect Dublin, Shannon Galway, Sligo, Ireland West (Knock), Donegal, Cork and Kerry.

Irish carriers Aer Arann and Ryanair have cancelled flights on Tuesday within the zone, with passengers advised to check with the airlines before travelling.

Updated Again From today’s RTÉ report

Flights between Ireland and the rest of Europe will resume from 1pm following earlier disruption because of ash from the Icelandic volcano.

The Irish Aviation Authority took the decision after reviewing the movement of the ash plume.

The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority said flights to and from Northern Ireland would be able to start again from 1pm.

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  • I can just hear the gurns of Michael O’Leary – thats what he gets for slagging Belfast residents !!

  • Simplemente Maria

    There is something not right here. They claim the cloud is over Donegal at the moment – and they are afraid of north-easterly winds for Dublin and Shannon. But winds from Donegal would have to be north-west. to affect those places.
    Do they still teach geography in Irish and UK schools??

  • Cynic

    Checked the UK NATS site. It is now off-line / frozen in time in late April as it appear they have assumed that the Volcano in the UK was a one off event. Of course, they might just all be off for bank holiday weekend so they will get back to us on Tuesday (flights permitting and assuming their flights made it home)

  • Pete Baker

    ‘No fly zone’ confirmed from 7am tomorrow.

    Situation to be reviewed at 1pm.

  • Pigeon Toes

    Scotland too apparently.

  • Re-engaged

    Not good – due to travel on Saturday, lets hope for some change in the weather

  • Pete Baker

    Adds From the BBC report

    The UK’s air traffic control body Nats said there will be no restrictions over UK airspace before 0700 BST but it will monitor the situation overnight.

    The IAA said the decision was based on information from the Volcanic Ash Advice Centre (VAAC).

    The no fly zone will affect Dublin, Shannon Galway, Sligo, Ireland West (Knock), Donegal, Cork and Kerry.

    Irish carriers Aer Arann and Ryanair have cancelled flights on Tuesday within the zone, with passengers advised to check with the airlines before travelling.

  • lamhdearg

    From my home i can see the sun go down late in the evening, It was glowing even brighter than it was two weeks ago, the irish are right, The dust is back.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    Im due to fly early Thursday afternoon. 🙁

  • Pete Baker

    Updated Again From today’s RTÉ report

    Flights between Ireland and the rest of Europe will resume from 1pm following earlier disruption because of ash from the Icelandic volcano.

    The Irish Aviation Authority took the decision after reviewing the movement of the ash plume.

    The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority said flights to and from Northern Ireland would be able to start again from 1pm.