Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Philip Hammond vows to avoid complete flight ban due to volcanic ash

The Transport secretary Philip Hammond has vowed that there will be 'no crude nationwide ban' on UK flights even if the ash reached these shores. The volcanic ash is currently affecting flights from Scotland only. Hammond went on to say that lessons have been learned from the volcanic eruption last year where northern European airspace was shut down for six days.

The recent eruption is at least 10 times more powerful than last years Eyjafjallajokull volcano but it does not pose as big a risk to flights.This is because the ash is not as fine, it is falling back to earth quicker and the winds are carrying the ash northwards rather than over the Uk as it happened last year.

The rules have also changed since last year, whereby flights can operate when ash is present but within very safe limits.

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