HOPES that air travel across Scotland would return to normal again this morning (Saturday) were dashed when Nats reapplied previous restrictions imposed due to the cloud of volcanic ash drifting in from Iceland.
The National Air Travel Service said current forecasts indicated that the situation was worsening throughout Saturday.
There will now be no flights leaving Shetland until at least 7pm tonight.
The NATS statement said: “Following the latest information from the Met Office, Nats advises that restrictions across UK controlled airspace have been extended until at least 1900 BST and that restrictions to Scottish and Manchester airspace have been reapplied until the same time.
“We are continuing to look for windows of opportunity to handle individual flights in UK-controlled airspace.”
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