‘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.