British Airways have announced that incoming flights will begin landing
into Heathrow and Gatwick at between 0500 and 1200 hrs GMT following NATS
decision to reopen UK airspace from 2200 hrs tonight.
In addition British Airways plans to operate all long haul flights on
Wednesday 21 April.
The full media statement from British Airways can be read below:
We are very pleased that the aviation authorities have opened UK
airspace to enable us to begin in earnest the task of bringing our stranded
We appreciate the consideration that
the CAA and the Government have given to the evidence and data that we and
other airlines have put forward in support of a safe approach to managing the potential
risk posed by the volcanic activity in Iceland.
Walsh, British Airways’ chief executive, said: “Safety
is always our over-riding priority. We have many years of experience of
operating in areas of volcanic activity all around the world.
“On behalf of the tens of thousands of customers stranded around the
globe, we are delighted the authorities have paid heed to the arguments we and
the industry have put forward.”
We will do all we can to bring in as
many of the 28 longhaul aircraft as possible we had originally been due to land
at Heathrow or Gatwick after 1900 on Tuesday.
However, it is bound to take some
considerable time before we can restore our full flying programme. We are
reviewing our schedule to see if we can operate some longhaul flights into
Heathrow and Gatwick landing between 0500 and 1200 on Wednesday April 21.
At this stage we are looking to
operate all longhaul flights departing from Heathrow and Gatwick on Wednesday
April 21. This will help to get more aircraft, pilots and cabin crew back who
are currently in the UK out to cities around the world to help customers still
awaiting a flight.
Even though UK airspace has been
re-opened there will be shorthaul cancellations to and from London airports
until 1300 UK time.