ChrisM wrote:Spiny Norman wrote:So all day NATS were saying that airports in the south wouldn't be open, and that no flights would be allowed under 20,000 feet, and then come 10pm tonight, suddenly a bunch of BA airliners appear from the US (including West Coast) and India and so on. Willie Walsh pops up to give a media statement soon after the CAA issue a statement at around 8pm saying the airspace was no longer closed.
Did BA get the nod 12 hours or so ago? Or did they just risk it and hope the authorities would roll over? There was me thinking the volcano (remember that) was still spouting ash and the weather wasn't going to clear the air over UK until the weekend. Hope those engine inspections are fine.
No we didn't get the nod - potentially all those aircraft would have had to divert but we ensured that they were loaded with sufficient fuel for extended holding as well.
Hmm ..... I wonder about the Thomas Cook flights coming in hot on the heels of the BA stuff .... TC being presumably holiday charter flights, would they have departed in the knowledge they would probably have to divert?