Update 17:00 CET - In the coming hours and, according to the latest estimate, until Friday 16 April 12:00 CET, airspace restrictions will be implemented in the airspace controlled by the Maastricht Upper Area Control (MUAC) Centre
Over the past hours, MUAC - together with the other air navigation service providers in the area, the Central Flow Management Unit in Brussels and the meteorological services concerned - have been carefully monitoring the progression of the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland to the South East to ensure the safest management of air traffic. As the ash cloud enters the MUAC airspace from the North West, flow management measures will be implemented for the portions of the airspace contaminated by the cloud. These measures will primarily concern the sectors located in the northern part of the Netherlands and North West Germany, but it is expected that the restrictions will increase as the cloud progresses further to the south, reaching the Belgian and Luxembourg sectors in the course of the night. At present it is not possible to precisely predict how the situation will evolve. In the coming hours we will continue to closely monitor the situation, with the objective of returning to normal operations as soon as possible. MUAC is responsible for the upper airspace (from 7.5 km) of Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the North West of Germany. The lower airspace is managed by the national air navigation organisations Belgocontrol, LVNL and DFS.