EASA has issued a safety information bulletin advising airlines, air navigation service providers and national aviation authorities of correct procedure in the event that seismic activity reported by Iceland becomes a major volcanic eruption.
In April 2010, Europe was totally unprepared for a volcanic ash cloud that grounded European aviation for a week.
It has since become evident that a fair amount of aviation activity could have continued. However, at the time there was no experience of such an event, no central co-ordination system and no operational guidelines for flying in or close to volcanic ash.
Since then, the European Aviation Crisis Co-ordination Cell has been established. EASA’s bulletin highlights for all parties the necessary communication channels, and access to all available operational advice and regulations.
The bulletin is available on EASA’s website.