Flights to leave from SA amid cloud of uncertainty

2010-04-20 07:43

The first South African Airways (SAA) flight was due to leave for

London this morning since a volcanic eruption in Iceland closed down European

airspace.

Airports Company SA (Acsa) spokesperson Unathi Batyashe-Fillis said: “We have an SAA [flight] going to London at

10am this morning.

A Lufthansa flight left for Frankfurt out of South Africa last

night and several other flights were scheduled to take off from South Africa

today.

This included three British Airways flights – stranded here since April 15 – expected to take off tonight.

“We have an undertaking from the airlines that they would call

those passengers that were supposed to be on those flights and they have also

put the information on their websites,” said Batyashe-Fillis.

But she warned the situation could change at any time: “There is a second ash cloud that is threatening European

airspace so... although they [these flights] are confirmed, anything can

happen.”

International news agencies reported that European governments

started opening their airspace from today.

But British air traffic chiefs warned that a fresh cloud of ash

could choke up the airspace again.

Batyashe-Fillis said key players were set to discuss the situation at a European meeting at 9.30am. “All eyes are on that

meeting to see what the decision is,” she said.

 

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