London Heathrow and London Gatwick had been affected early on Monday but operator BAA subsequently stated that restrictions were lifted at around 11:00am – a decision which sparked a typically childish whinging moan from Ryanair about it not being fair and that they would stamp their feet and cry until something was done about it.
Ryanair claims the London Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre forecasting is “substantially fictitious”.
Seems somewhat odd that this is the same Ryanair that cancelled flights recently due to “ash” while every other airline flying the same routes was operating as normal. About.com’s Guide to Spain Travel quote somebody from the UK air regulatory industry as saying that “It was entirely a business decision on Ryanair’s part to cease all flights while others were still flying. There was no technical issue that he was aware of.”.
Ryanair then added “It would appear that there is one model for air safety for all other UK airports, but when it threatens the opening of Gatwick and Heathrow, these [forecasts] are simply ignored.”
Ryanair is insisting that the UK adopt a system whereby airspace within a 60mi (100km) radius around a volcano is declared hazardous, but airlines are permitted to fly outside of this zone as long as ash is not visibly present. If ash is detected on the airframe after landing, the carrier follows manufacturers’ guidelines.
“There cannot be one safety model for busy London airports, and a different safety model for smaller regional airports” moaned Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary.
Have you ever heard so much drivel in your life? Pathetic.