By Lea Pachta

NATS (UK’s Air Navigation Services Provider) has issued following statement today at 6.45pm:

“Today, NATS has handled over 2600 movements in UK airspace up to 1800 local time — approximately 80 per cent of normal traffic levels. We are expecting a volume of traffic approaching 90 per cent from approximately 0700 tomorrow morning and are staffed appropriately to deal with this.

“The latest guidance from the CAA shows the predicted location of dense volcanic ash in UK airspace over the far north of Scotland for the period 1900 on 21 April to 0100 on 22 April.

“Airspace at 20,000 ft or below over the Orkneys, the Shetland Islands and north of Aberdeen will not be available and airports north of Inverness will also be affected (Stornaway, Kirkwall, Wick and Sumburgh). High level Oceanic traffic flying over this area is not expected to be affected.

“Unless there is any significant change to our operations, we will not be issuing any further updates.”