First flight takes off from Scotland

20th April 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain's first flight since European governments eased airspace restrictions left Scotland early Tuesday, amid new warnings of a fresh cloud of volcanic ash heading this way.

The first flight took off from Glasgow airport for Stornoway, in the Outer Hebrides, at 7:15am (0615 GMT), 15 minutes after Scottish airspace reopened.

Under relentless pressure from airlines who have lost more than a billion dollars from the crisis so far, EU transport ministers agreed to ease restrictions from Tuesday.

On Monday, the National Air Traffic Services (NATS), which manages British airspace, gave the go-ahead for the Scottish reopening and said more airspace over England may become available from about 1200 GMT.

But later it warned a fresh eruption in Iceland had sent a new cloud of volcanic ash towards Britain, and the situation remained "dynamic".

Glasgow Airport had been the scene of a flurry of flights on Friday and Saturday when the airspace closures that have been in place since last Wednesday were briefly lifted.

© 2010 AFP

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