NATS: UK airspace restrictions will remain in place until 7am tomorrow (April 20) due to volcanic as

PUBLISHED: 17:06 19 April 2010 | UPDATED: 07:36 30 May 2010

RESTRICTIONS currently in place across UK controlled airspace will remain in place until 7am tomorrow (Tuesday April 20), NATS has announced.

RESTRICTIONS currently in place across UK controlled airspace will remain in place until 7am tomorrow (Tuesday April 20), NATS has announced.

A spokesman said: "The volcanic eruption has reduced and the volcano is not currently emitting ash to altitudes that will affect the UK.

"Assuming there are no further significant ash emissions we are now looking at a continuously improving situation.

"Based on the latest information from the Met Office, NATS advises that the restrictions currently in place across UK controlled airspace will remain in place until 7am (local time) tomorrow, Tuesday April 20.

"From then, Scottish airspace will be open, and south to a line between Teesside and Blackpool. Mainland Scottish airports will be open.

"This is a dynamic and changing situation and is therefore difficult to forecast beyond 7am local; however, the latest Met Office advice is that the contaminated area will continue to move south with the possibility that restrictions to airspace above England and Wales, including the London area, may be lifted later tomorrow (Tuesday).

"We will continue to monitor Met Office information and review our arrangements in line with that. We will advise further arrangements at approximately 9pm (local time), today.

"It is now for airports and airlines to decide how best to utilise this opportunity. Passengers should contact their airlines to find out how this will affect their travel plans.

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