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Volcanic ash can adversely affect aircraft in a number of ways. Jet aircraft engines in
particular are susceptible to damage from volcanic ash. That's why there are comprehensive safety
arrangements in place.
As a result of the work that has been undertaken since the 2010 ash crisis and arrangements that
have been put in place since, we are confident that high levels of public safety can be maintained,
while minimising any disruption.
These improvements include:
The CAA can't stop volcanic activity, but we are continuing to work with the aviation industry
to develop further technical solutions that will increase flying when we are sure it is safe to do
so and are endeavouring to ensure interruption is kept to a minimum.
Guidance regarding flight operations in the
vicinity of volcanic ash (CAP 1236)
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