Thursday 27 July 2017

Gerry Byrne: No smoke without ire but airports had to be closed

Grounded Ryanair jets sit idle at Dublin Airport after all non-emergency flights were grounded yesterday due to the dangers posed by ash from Iceland's volcanic
Grounded Ryanair jets sit idle at Dublin Airport after all non-emergency flights were grounded yesterday due to the dangers posed by ash from Iceland's volcanic

Gerry Byrne

IT WILL probably come as cold comfort to the 60,000 stranded travellers who were due to fly in and out of the country yesterday.

But aviation authorities had no choice other than to shut down airports in the face of yesterday's unprecedented threat to our skies.

The decision to progressively close Irish and UK airspace, leading to thousands of cancelled flights, was taken by the Irish Aviation Authority and the UK National Air Traffic Service (NATS).

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