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Airline passengers are facing massive disruption across the UK after an ash cloud from a volcanic eruption in Iceland grounded planes.
The Air Traffic Control Service (Nats) said no flights would be allowed in or out of UK airspace from midday to 1800BST amid fears of engine damage.
Airports operator BAA confirmed all flights at Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick would be suspended from midday.
And in Scotland, authorities have already shut all their airports.
The restrictions, in accordance with international civil aviation policy, were imposed after the Met Office warned ash could clog engines.
Passengers were advised to contact their carriers prior to travel.
silverandsonic — 15 April 2010 — Large cloud of ash from an erupted volcano in iceland affects air travel in britain. Watch video for latest airport news.
REYKJAVIK : A powerful volcano eruption on Iceland spewing clouds of ash that caused air traffic disruption across northern Europe on Thursday, could last "a long time", an Icelandic geophysicist said.
"It is very variable how long these eruptions last - anywhere from a few days to over a year," Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson, a professor of geophysics and civil protection advisor, told AFP. "Judging from the intensity of this one, it could last a long time," he added.
Originally posted by thoughtsfull
reply to post by ChemBreather
Given that they use hecolopters, I would hope they can fly below the clouds to and from the rigs, tho am not sure if that makes any difference. I really hope it does..
Edit to add: I am sure in the short term they could also fall back on ships to ferry people/equipement to and from the rigs..
[edit on 15/4/10 by thoughtsfull]