Flights cancelled over volcanic ash


By Imran Mojib

Amid continuous monitoring of the changing situation in relation to the volcanic eruption in Iceland, Etihad Airways operated its flights to and from the UK and Europe as normal, but Emirates airline was forced to cancel two flights on Wednesday.

Etihad AirlineThe closure of the airspace over Northern Germany caused by the volcanic ash from the recent eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland forced Emirates to cancel its flights EK059 and EK060 (Dubai-Hamburg-Dubai) on Wednesday.

Passengers were offered options to either re-booked onto EK055 to Dusseldorf and EK058 from Dusseldorf, or travel the following day. A statement from the airlines said that ground transportation will be provided between Hamburg Airport and Dusseldorf Airport. All other flights to and from the UK and Europe continued to operate as per the schedule.

Emirates officials continued to monitor the situation closely in addition to liaising with the relevant authorities regarding the movement of the volcanic ash cloud.

Etihad Airways flights to and from the UK and Europe operated normal.

However, the airline officials were in close liaison with aviation experts, including the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Rolls Royce and General Electric, and were assured that the airspace in areas where it operates was open and safe to fly.

“Etihad will continue to monitor the situation in association with the European and UK authorities, and is activating contingency plans should the situation change and require flight cancellations and diversions,” said a statement posted on the airline’s website.

The management of both the airlines have advised their passengers to check their respective websites for updates.