9 May 2010

Ash cloud situation

Most flights operating with only small number of airports affected.

The high density area of the volcanic ash cloud is now lying to the North-West of the UK, and as a result the majority of Scottish flights are operating as normal today.

At present Glasgow Airport are flying around 99 per cent of flights, Edinburgh and Aberdeen Airports are flying around 95 per cent of flights. Prestwick flights are unaffected as things stand.

The Scottish Government Resilience Room (SGoRR) Cabinet Sub Committee met this morning to discuss the current situation and examine the forecasts.

There were six Scottish airports affected overnight and as of 1300 hrs Stornoway, Benbecula and Barra Airports remain closed until 1900 hrs.

The skies over Scotland are expected to remain clear over the coming days. However the situation remains fluid and could change depending on increase or reduction in volcanic activity.

Speaking after the meeting, Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said:

"We welcome the fact that the majority of flights in and out of Scotland are flying as planned today with limited disruption. There has been an inconvenience to some passengers travelling from airports in the far north and isles and those travelling to and from some parts of Europe but I'm sure they will appreciate that safety comes first.

"Volcanic activity has calmed and we expect Scotland's skies to remain clear over the next few days. But clearly conditions are volatile and the picture is fluid. The Cabinet Sub Committee will continue to meet over the coming days to ensure we are fully prepared to respond to changing circumstances."

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