Volcano disrupts offshore air traffic

Today’s volcanic eruption on Iceland has disrupted all routine offshore helicopter flights into the North Sea from UK airports, due to airspace restrictions related to the presence of volcanic ash in the atmosphere.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN -- Today’s volcanic eruption on Iceland has disrupted all routine offshore helicopter flights into the North Sea from UK airports, due to airspace restrictions related to the presence of volcanic ash in the atmosphere.

According to UK industry association Oil & Gas UK, this has impacted numerous planned crew changes. Oil and gas operators are therefore drawing up contingency plans to assess how a prolonged suspension of flights would affect their operations, and which non-essential activities could be postponed.

Oil & Gas UK understands, however, that SAR aircraft and air ambulances remain operational. Emergency response vessels are not affected by the situation and are operating as normal.

For further information, please contact Britta Hallbauer on 07891769113

4/15/2010

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