NATS expects air traffic volumes “approaching 90 per cent” from this morning, but BA is asking long-haul passengers with flights scheduled before Sunday to consider “whether your travel is essential”.
In an update at 1845 yesterday (April 21) NATS said that it handled over 2,600 movements in UK airspace up to 1800 – around 80 per cent of normal traffic levels – and is expecting volumes around 90 per cent from around 0700 today.
According to NATs, areas where airspace is still not available below 20,000ft are the north of Scotland, including the Orkneys, the Shetland Islands, and north of Aberdeen, with airports north of Inverness also affected..
BA says that it is doing all it can “to return to normal operations as soon as possible”, but for passengers with scheduled long-haul flights before Sunday April 25 the carrier says it would “be grateful if you would consider whether your travel is essential so we can maximise space to fly people home. We will offer you a full refund or the opportunity to rebook for a later date via ba.com.”
BA passengers who are still trying to get to their original destination, and haven’t already rebooked or cancelled, can provide details online to help the airline “prioritise our flight schedule”.
Report by Mark Caswell