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No Shetland air service today

LOGANAIR has dashed hopes that some limited air services to and from Shetland could resume later today (Friday).

Flights between Glasgow and the Western Isles will take off again later today, but Loganair does not anticipate the northern isles to become operational again.

The company’s commercial director said: “All flights to, from and within the Orkney and Shetland Islands remain suspended.

“The situation for those islands will be reviewed later today, but at this time we do not anticipate any flight operations taking place today due to the heavy concentration of volcanic ash in these areas.

NATS, the national air traffic service had earlier today indicated that domestic flights might be possible again.

It said: “The cloud of volcanic ash continues to cover much of the UK and the eruption in Iceland continues. Following a review of the latest Met Office information, NATS advises that restrictions preventing flights in English controlled airspace will remain in place until 0100 (UK time) tomorrow, Saturday 17 April, at the earliest.

“Flights in Northern Ireland and the Western Isles of Scotland to and from Glasgow and Prestwick will continue to be allowed until 1900 (UK time) subject to individual co-ordination.  North Atlantic traffic to and from Glasgow, Prestwick and Belfast may also be allowed in this period.

“From 1900 (UK time), forecasts indicate that Scottish airspace may be able to accept domestic flights within Scotland and Northern/Southern Ireland, and North Atlantic flights to/from airports in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“We will review further Met Office information and at 1430 (UK time) we will advise further arrangements.  In general, the situation is dynamic and subject to change.”