UPDATED: 14:00hrs (Wed 25 May) NEXT UPDATE: 20:00hrs (25 May)
Thursday 26 May
The ash cloud is forecast to dissipate overnight and normal operations are expected to resume at all airports.
Wednesday 25 May
The ash cloud is forecast to move further north through Germany during the afternoon with Lubeck and Berlin being the only Ryanair airports possibly affected up to 20:00hrs local German time. Click on the link below to view the full list of today’s cancelled flights.
As the situation is changeable we ask passengers to check our live flight information page before travelling.
CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF CANCELLED FLIGHTS: 25 May 2011
Tuesday 24 May
Following a direction from the Irish Aviation Authority Ryanair regrets that we have been forced to cancel all flights to/from Scottish Airports for the remainder of the day (24 May). Despite Glasgow Prestwick and Edinburgh Airports being outside the ‘red zone’ on the most recent UK Met Office charts click here for details the UK Civil Authority (CAA) have decided that these charts are wrong and have closed the airspace.
The below listed flights have regrettably been cancelled as a result of unecessary airspace/airport closures.
Earlier today Ryanair confirmed that it operated a one hour verification flight up to 41,000 feet in Scottish airspace this morning (24th May). The aircraft took off from Glasgow Prestwick, flew to Inverness, on to Aberdeen and down to Edinburgh - all of which according to the UK Met Office charts were in the “red zone” of “high ash concentration”.
During the flight there was no visible volcanic ash cloud or any other presence of volcanic ash and the post flight inspection revealed no evidence of volcanic ash on the airframe, wings or engines. The absence of any volcanic ash in the atmosphere supports Ryanair’s stated view that there is no safety threat to aircraft in this mythical “red zone” which is another misguided invention by the UK Met. Office and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
This afternoon Ryanair operated another flight, without passengers, from Glasgow to Edinburgh through an area designated by the CAA as 'high ash concentration'. Again no evidence of ash was encountered either during the flight or during the post flight inspection.
Ryanair has also received written confirmation from both its airframe and engine manufacturers that it is safe to operate in these so called “red zones” and, in any event, Ryanair’s verification flight this morning confirms that the “red zone” over Scotland is non-existent.
Ryanair has renewed its calls on both the UK CAA and the IAA to reopen the airspace over Scotland and allow airlines to operate flights safely following the verification flight
Passengers who were booked to travel on a cancelled flight can apply online for a refund of their unused flight(s) OR transfer to the next available flight free of charge online, or by calling our reservation centre (subject to opening hours).
CLICK HERE TO REBOOK FREE ONLINE: to rebook to an alternative Ryanair flight free of charge, subject to seat availability.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR A REFUND ONLINE: to cancel your flight(s) and claim a full refund of the unused flight(s), simply click on the link and enter the required details. Refunds will be processed within 14 working days back to the original form of payment.
Click HERE for a written notice setting out the rules for compensation and assistance in line with EU Regulation 261/2004. This EU261/04 notice is also available at all Ryanair Ticket Desks at all airports.