London Heathrow airport, Europe’s biggest hub for air traffic, resumed its operation after five days of interruption. The operator communicated this on Tuesday evening. The British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had previously ordered to gradually lift the closure of the airspace due to the volcanic ash.
According to the CAA, are applying new guidelines for flight through the ash cloud: Experts and the aircraft manufacturer had come to the conclusion that the engines were not at risk for flights by low concentrations of volcanic ash. The concentrations in the total UK airspace are below the tolerance level, the CAA said, referring to the British weather.
” The levels of tolerance for the aircraft to ashes were the main barrier to the resumption of flights. The manufacturers have now agreed to increase the tolerance levels in areas of low density of ash,” said Deidre Hutton, responsible for CAA.
European skies were again open to traffic on Wednesday, but since so many planes are grounded for days because of the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland, it could take days or weeks to return to normal.
The United Kingdom, a major air hub and popular destination, reopened its airspace on Tuesday night, giving a boost to transport passengers and cargo.
The company British Airways published on its Web site that the company would operate all its long haul flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Wednesday, but there would be canceled on short trips from and to London airports until one in the afternoon (12: 00 GMT).
The company Air France plans to operate all long-haul flights on Wednesday. Poland reopened its airspace at 05:00 GMT and Finland from 09:00 GMT. Netherlands allow night flights after taking the initiative on Monday to authorize passenger flights.
Germany opened the airports of Hamburg, Berlin, Bremen and Hanover, but the rest, including Frankfurt, continue closed and there was no estimated time to resume operations.
In the year 1982, a British Airways plane lost power of its four engines after crossing a cloud of ash over the Indian Ocean.