Concordski From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6905 times:
I was worried a few days ago looking at the Met Office forecast as I have a flight to Barcelona today. However it seems the ash cloud wasn't that disruptive "except at perhaps MAN" and all major airports that shut down are already open.
Some aircraft had to return to their origins though. Delta 238 ATL-AMS had to turn back 1.5 hours into it's flight yesterday as they were informed that AMS would be closed when they were scheduled to land.
vv701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 8650 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6310 times:
The only British airports still closed this afternoon (17 May) are KRK (Kirkwall) in the Orkney Islands and LSI (Sumburgh) in the Shetland Isles together with the minor airports in both groups of these northerly islands.
hausauflennon From Barbados, joined Jul 2009, 87 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6109 times:
Last evening, May 16th, both BA services to LGW and the VS to LGW were delayed significantly, with the BA 2154 and VS 30 departing BGI @ 21:30 and 21:25 respectively. The final BA departed at 23:30.
Virgin's VS 77/78 service (MAN-BGI-MAN) was cancelled altogether yesterday evening.
Thankfully the earlier flights departed, as it is 20/20 Cricket season in Barbados and the hotels are filled to the brim with cricket supporters from all over the world right now. Had those three UK-bound flights been cancelled hundreds of BA and VS passengers would've been stranded in Grantley Adams International Airport due to there being no hotel rooms to accomodate them.
Well note in the article it says that you can operate at the higher levels only with approval from your airframe and engine manufacturer - not just a carte blanche go for it.
That means that your maintenance program would need to be revised per the manufacturers guidance to accommodate the higher ash concentrations. So at a minimum my guess is that you would probably have to have a repetitive engine borescope done after every flight through a known area of the ash.
THAT can become a pain in an of itself, unless you have qualified borescope equipment and personnel stationed everywhere you fly...