The boss of Ryanair has claimed there was “no volcanic ashmaterial over Scotland
” after one of the airline’s planes was unaffected after flying through the cloud.
A test flight was sent into the “high ash concentration zone” and travelled from Glasgow Prestwick to Inverness, on to Aberdeen and down to Edinburgh.
An inspection of the aircraft afterwards found “no evidence of volcanic ash on the airframe, wings or engines”, the company said.
Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary told Sky News it proved there was “no volcanic ash material over Scotland”.
“It’s perfectly safe. There is nothing up there,” he said.
Mr O’Leary said the decision to close the skies was made by theCivil Aviation Authority (CAA) and was based on information provided by the Met Office .
He hit out at both organisations – accusing them of incompetence.