Ireland may have to restrict airspace due to ash: IAA

A no fly zone may have to be imposed over Ireland due to volcanic ash drifting south from Iceland, the Irish Aviation Authority said.

Ireland may have to restrict airspace due to ash: IAA

A no fly zone may have to be imposed over Ireland on Tuesday due to volcanic ash drifting south from Iceland, the Irish Aviation Authority said on Monday.

"The IAA has informed Irish-based airlines that it is concerned that Irish Airports may be impacted by the drift south of the volcanic ash cloud caused by the north easterly winds," it said in a statement.

Over-flights of Ireland from Britain and Europe are not expected to be impacted, the IAA said, neither are airports in the south of Britain, including London's Heathrow.

Flights over Europe were hit by a six-day shutdown of airspace last month over fears of the effect on jet engines of ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

The huge ash clouds from the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier led to European air traffic being grounded, causing havoc for airlines and hardships for many businesses.

The IAA said a no fly zone may affect Dublin, Shannon and some regional airports. A decision will be made following a further update from the Volcanic Ash Advice Centre at 1900 GMT, it added.

Reuters

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