New rules to aid ash flight chaos

New rules to allow planes to fly at higher ash densities for a limited time will be introduced at noon on Tuesday, the Civil Aviation Authority has said. To fly in the ash zone, airlines will need to get agreement from their aircraft and engine manufacturers. The authority’s move has been welcomed by airlines, regulators … Continue reading “New rules to aid ash flight chaos”

Ash clears for some NI flights

All flights in and out of Northern Ireland’s three airports have been cancelled until 0100 BST due to the return of the volcanic ash cloud. The Irish Aviation Authority has closed airports in Sligo, Donegal and Knock. Flights to and from Dublin Airport will be grounded from 1900 BST on Sunday until 0900 BST on … Continue reading “Ash clears for some NI flights”

Ash flight restrictions extended

Airports across much of the UK are to close between 1300 and 1900 BST as volcanic ash drifts across Europe, the air traffic authority Nats has said. In England, East Midlands, Manchester, Liverpool, Doncaster, Humberside and Carlisle airports will be hit by the Civil Aviation Authority’s no-fly zone. Airports in Northern Ireland, Prestwick near Glasgow, … Continue reading “Ash flight restrictions extended”

NI flights halted as ash returns

All flights in and out of Northern Ireland’s three airports have been cancelled until 1900 BST due to the return of the volcanic ash cloud. The Irish Aviation Authority has closed airports in Sligo, Donegal and Knock. Dublin and Shannon airports are expected to remain open until at least 1400 BST. Passengers who are due … Continue reading “NI flights halted as ash returns”

Volcanic ash closes UK airports

Airports across much of the UK are to close between 1300 and 1900 BST as volcanic ash drifts across Europe, the air traffic authority Nats has said. In England, East Midlands, Manchester, Liverpool, Doncaster, Humberside and Carlisle airports will be hit by the Civil Aviation Authority’s no-fly zone. Airports in Northern Ireland, Prestwick near Glasgow, … Continue reading “Volcanic ash closes UK airports”

Ash closes parts of UK airspace

Parts of the UK’s airspace are at risk of closure from Sunday because of volcanic activity in Iceland, the Department for Transport has said. Disruption could affect some of the UK’s busiest airports in south-east England until Tuesday, it warned. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said passenger safety was the government’s top priority. Ash from the … Continue reading “Ash closes parts of UK airspace”

New ash warning for Scots flights

Air passengers are facing the risk of further disruption from volcanic ash, the Scottish government has said. High levels of ash from an Icelandic volcano will cover parts of Scotland on Sunday and the whole of the UK on Monday, according to Met Office advice. Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said passengers were advised to check … Continue reading “New ash warning for Scots flights”

Warning of ash flight disruption

Parts of the UK’s airspace are at risk of closure from Sunday because of volcanic activity in Iceland, the Department for Transport has said. Disruption could affect some of the UK’s busiest airports in south-east England until Tuesday, it warned. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said passenger safety was the government’s top priority. Ash from the … Continue reading “Warning of ash flight disruption”

BP chief backs future of drilling

BP’s chief executive has said the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster should not mean the end of deep-water exploration. But Tony Hayward told the BBC’s Today programme that significant changes to the oil industry should arise from what he called a "transforming event". Thousands of barrels of oil a day have been gushing from a … Continue reading “BP chief backs future of drilling”

Funnel ‘poised over’ US oil spill

Work is continuing to lower a giant funnel onto the bed of the Gulf of Mexico in an attempt to contain oil gushing from leaks in a blown-out well. A crane is lowering the 90-tonne device, which is hoped to be operational by Monday. The operation is complicated by the great depth – 5,000 ft … Continue reading “Funnel ‘poised over’ US oil spill”

Oil slick reaches wildlife refuge

Oil from a massive slick in the Gulf of Mexico has started washing ashore on an island chain off the coast of Louisiana, US officials have confirmed. Pelicans and other birds covered in oil have been found on the uninhabited Chandeleur islands, which are part of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge. A federal maritime agency … Continue reading “Oil slick reaches wildlife refuge”