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Falklands : Falklands Military Comments on Impact of Volcanic Ash on the Airbridge
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 21.04.2010 (Article Archived on 05.05.2010)

A Military spokesperson in the Falklands has said that the volcanic eruption in Iceland continues to generate a plume of ash, which presents a threat to aviation. The ash is currently spreading across the UK and Northern Europe. Restrictions on aircraft entering UK airspace will remain in force at least until midnight tonight (Mon/Tues).

FALKLANDS MILITARY COMMENTS ON IMPACT OF VOLCANIC ASH ON AIRBRIDGE


 


By J. Brock (FINN)


 


A Military spokesperson in the Falklands has said that the volcanic eruption in Iceland continues to generate a plume of ash, which presents a threat to aviation.  The ash is currently spreading across the UK and Northern Europe.  Restrictions on aircraft entering UK airspace will remain in force at least until midnight tonight (Mon/Tues).


 


She continued that flying operations will be dependent on the latest advice from the Met Office on the movement of the ash cloud.  The situation remains under constant review.  This is in line with the intent of the CAA guidance provided to civilian airlines.  Safety of passengers and aircraft remains paramount.


 


HQ BFSAI and the UK are working together to ensure that when UK airspace re-opens the air-bridge will return to normal as quickly as possible and the backlog is resolved with no impact to operations and minimal impact to passengers.  Those who have been allocated a seat on the next outbound air-bridge have been told; this includes those whose seats have been booked via the Falkland Islands Government.  Further information can also be found at 74747.


 


The situation is certainly unusual and is likely to change at short notice, however BFSAI’s mission remains clear, unchanged and firmly within our ability to deliver.


 


Later in the day on Tuesday it was announced that the air-bridge was in operation and that there was a priority list filling the 29 civilian seats allocated for the flight.  People aboard that flight were notified on Monday evening.

 

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