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Loganair cancels all flights

Modelled ash cloud movement for 6am on Tuesday morning - Image: Met Office

LOGANAIR has cancelled all its flights for Tuesday between 6am and 1pm due to the high density of volcanic ash expected to be in the Scottish airspace.

The airline is operating four extra flights from Sumburgh and Kirkwall to the central belt for passengers to complete their journey in advance of the expected disruptions.

The flights are: BE6894 Kirkwall-Edinburgh Departs 19:25, arrives 20:40, BE6914 Kirkwall-Glasgow Departs 20:00, arrives 21:15, BE6934 Sumburgh-Glasgow Departs 19:50, arrives 21:20, BE6998 Sumburgh-Edinburgh Departs 20:00, arrives 21:30.

A spokesman said: “The additional flights will be available for booking on a first-come, first-served basis via our reservations system and website today.

The disruptions follow the eruption of the Grimsvötn volcano on Saturday. On Monday afternoon the Met office issued a warning indicating that a high density of ash would be present in large parts of the Scottish airspace.

“As a result of this, we have taken the decision to cancel all services with the exception of our inter-isles flights in Orkney. All flights due to depart between 06:00 and 13:00 hrs tomorrow have therefore been cancelled.

“You should not travel to the airport and if you are booked on a flight departing tomorrow afternoon or on Orkney internal services, you should check the website for further updates before setting out for the airport,” the company said.

“We do not yet have firm information relating to tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon’s flights but the expectation from the Met Office is that the presence of volcanic ash will persist throughout the day and will clear progressively on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

“Further information will be available this evening relating to tomorrow’s (Tuesday) flights when the Met Office forecasts have been published, and this will be reflected here.”

The company offers free exchange of tickets for those affected by Tuesday’s cancellation. The Flybe customer call centre can be contacted on 0871 700 2000, while Loganair Air Discount Scheme reservations & helpline is on 0844 800 2855.

Updates on the volcanic ash situation can be found at
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/latest/volcano

The following flights in and out of Shetland are CANCELLED for Tuesday 24 May:

  • BE6770 Aberdeen-Sumburgh
  • BE6771 Sumburgh-Aberdeen
  • BE6772 Aberdeen-Sumburgh
  • BE6773 Sumburgh-Aberdeen
  • BE6910 Sumburgh-Kirkwall-Inverness
  • BE6911 Inverness-Kirkwall-Sumburgh
  • BE6912 Sumburgh-Glasgow
  • BE6992 Sumburgh-Edinburgh
  • BE6993 Edinburgh-Sumburgh

 

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