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Leaders draft more flexible no-fly approach. Stranded passengers brought home. There’s possibility the strict no-fly rules in Europe in force due to the ash cloud from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano could be relaxed.Safety first Several European States, the European Commission, Air Navigation Service Providers and technical experts had their telephone conference meeting today, hosted by EUROCONTROL – the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation.

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Leaders draft more flexible no-fly approach

Published on Monday, 19th April, 2010 at 21:59 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Stranded passengers brought home.

EUROCONTROL HQ, Brussels
EUROCONTROL HQ, Brussels
Photo: Courtesy EUROCONTROL


There’s possibility the strict no-fly rules in Europe in force due to the ash cloud from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano could be relaxed.

Safety first

Several European States, the European Commission, Air Navigation Service Providers and technical experts had their telephone conference meeting today, hosted by EUROCONTROL – the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation.

The participants agreed it was time to move towards a more harmonised European approach, according to EUROCONTROL’s press release.

By establishing a limited no-fly zone, based on forecasts from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centres (VAAC), flights will be permitted only where there were no safety risks. EUROCONTROL agreed to provide participating States with the forecast and data every six hours.

Flights will be permitted outside the zone, and it will be down to aircraft operators to decide whether to fly or not.

The new flight rules will be in place by 06:00 GMT tomorrow morning at the latest.

More flexibility

Conclusions by those who took part in the meeting were submitted to this afternoon’s meeting of the European Transport Ministers – including Norway’s Transport and Communications Minister, Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa of the Centre Party (Sp) – and were adopted.

“We don’t want restrictions on flying in airspace where there’s no ash, and hope a change in the rules will give more possibilities to fly,” she said at today’s press conference with Trond Giske, the Minister of Trade and Industry, the Minister of Health – Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen – and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

Rescue efforts

Efforts by several countries to bring people stranded abroad home continue. Norwegian Air Shuttle has sent a plane to collect 2,000 on Alicante, and 50 long-distance planes belonging to Lufthansa have been sent to save 15,000 passengers.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has also sent three Royal Navy ships to bring Brits home. HMS Ocean and HMS Ark Royal have been sent across the Channel to France, whilst HMS Albion is being sent to Spain to pick up the 3 Rifles Regiment, stranded on their way back from serving in Afghanistan.

More bad news?

Avinor say most of Norwegian airspace is currently open, with the exception of offshore flights to/from Ekofisk. Other flights to offshore installations will be stopped during the course of the evening.

But a new volcanic ash cloud on its way to Europe, which could affect flights on the continent once again.

According to the latest bulletin from EUROCONTROL, air traffic control services are not being provided to civil aircraft in major parts of European airspace, including Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, northern Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland, parts of Ukraine and the UK.



Published on Monday, 19th April, 2010 at 21:59 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: iceland, eyjafjallajoekull, volcano, eruption, airspace, closures, norway, avinor, civil, aviation, authority, eurocontrol, jens, stoltenberg, anne-grete, stroem-erichsen, magnhild, meltveit, kleppa.





  
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