Britain recloses airspace over Scottish islands

21st April 2010, Comments 0 comments

Airspace over the remote Scottish isles of Orkney and Shetland is to be closed again due to a high density of ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano, Britain's aviation regulator said Wednesday.

The airspace, off Britain's northeast coast, will be closed from 1200 GMT to 1800 GMT, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said, due to a higher density of ash cloud in the area than is deemed safe.

British officials ended a five-day airspace shutdown and all airports reopened late Tuesday although many travellers are still facing delays as airlines battle to get back on their feet.

"The ash cloud is still present," a CAA spokeswoman told AFP. "Aircraft are allowed to fly through volcanic ash at a certain level but the density here is higher than that."

She added that weather forecasters the Met Office would issue an updated assessment at 1700 GMT which would allow officials to decide whether to lift the ban or not.

© 2010 AFP

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