Flights okay as ash cloud goes east

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All Loganair/Flybe flights are operating as normal today (Wednesday) after the ash cloud from the Grimsvötn volcano moved eastwards overnight.

A spokesperson for Loganair said: “Extensive efforts have been made to ensure that aircraft and crews are in position to meet our published timetable. However, we regret to advise that flights BE6992 Sumburgh-Edinburgh and BE6890 Kirkwall-Edinburgh will be cancelled as a consequence of Tuesday’s impact of volcanic ash on crew and aircraft working patterns. All other services, including Orkney inter-isles flights and our Shetland-Bergen link, will operate as normal.”

But the news was little comfort for Treasury Minister, Danny Alexander who has had to call off his planned opening of the new Western Isles Credit Union office in Stornoway on Thursday due to ash cloud restrictions elsewhere in the UK.

Loganair/Flybe passengers with reservations who no longer intend to travel are asked to contact the airline as soon as possible in order to free up seats for delayed passengers.

The spokesperson added: “Looking further ahead, the forecasts for the remainder of this week indicate that UK airspace will remain clear of high density volcanic ash. Loganair, the Met Office and UK Civil Aviation Authority continue to monitor the situation. Some areas of low density ash may occur but we have every confidence that we will maintain normal flight operations using procedures specifically devised to enable our aircraft to continue to operate safely under such conditions.    

“As a precaution, we do recommend that you check the website for any further updates before setting out for the airport. Any new information will be published here as soon as it becomes available. Our Flight Arrivals and Departure facility on the website also provides live information on the status of each flight, updated automatically from our Operations system every five minutes.”