Local Air Traffic Control Applauded

The successfully-run British Isles-wide system of airspace control was this week held up as an example of best practice in dealing with air navigation.

Ireland's Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey has called on Europe to look at how the UK and Ireland cooperate in air navigation, after the disruption caused by the volcanic ash plume.

Speaking last night, Minister Dempsey called for a central air navigation system for Europe saying it was ridiculous that 27 different authorities should control the airspace over each EU member state.

Mr Dempsey said Europe should look at the cooperation between Ireland and the UK as an example.

Meanwhile this morning, the Government Taskforce on Emergency Planning met for the tenth time to discuss the aftermath of the air crisis.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) reported that Dublin, Shannon and Cork Airports are meeting full capacity demand from the airlines and asked that as airlines rapidly return to full schedules, passengers, (including those still stranded abroad) should remain in contact with their air carrier for further information.

The IAA also reported that Irish controlled airspace is meeting full capacity required by the airlines.

In a statement released this morning, the taskforce said that although a small amount of ash is still being detected in the atmosphere there has been no deterioration of air quality.

Also at the meeting, the Commission for Aviation Regulation reported that enquiries from the public are continuing and it reminded passengers who wish to claim refunds of reasonable costs to contact their air carrier in the first instance.

Claims to air carriers should be made within six months of their return to Ireland. Passengers should allow a reasonable amount of time for air carriers to process claims. Further information on passenger rights is available at www.aviationreg.ie


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

28 February 2024
Gaming Business Ideas To Start In Ireland
Are you passionate about gaming and considering turning your hobby into a profitable business in Ireland? You're in luck! The gaming industry is booming, and many opportunities are waiting for you. Here are ten gaming business ideas that could be your ticket to success in this exciting field. 1.
14 January 2011
Dáil Support For Air Routes 'Up In The Air'
Changes to Government supports for local air travel in the wake of a major review of the expenditure involved have been announced. The Transport Minister Noel Dempsey said Government support is provided to certain routes under a Public Service Obligation (PSO) after an analysis of the public need for the service to be provided.
25 November 2019
Govt Criticised For Record On Poor Air Quality
The government have been criticised for its record on tackling poor air quality. Making the accusation, Labour spokesperson on Transport, Senator Kevin Humphreys, said: "We're now reaping what the Government has sewn with it's failure to act on dirty diesel cars.
09 April 2013
Air Quality Blamed For Over 3,000 Premature Deaths
Poor air quality contributes to 3,400 premature deaths in Ireland annually, with pollution from diesel cars, buses and trucks largely to blame, An Taisce has said. The heritage body has written to Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan and Minister for Health James Reilly saying that Ireland loses up to €6.
22 March 2016
EU Air Traffic Control System In Need Of Immediate Update - Clune
A small number of French air traffic controllers are able to 'hold Europe to ransom' due to an outdated system of air traffic control based on national borders that hasn't changed since the 1960s.