12:00PM IL: [UPDATE BELOW] Transportation Ministry officials on Monday will be meeting with officials of the Civil Aviations Authority and the Airport Authority to discuss meteorological reports predicting the volcanic ash that closed the skies of Europe is expected to arrive in Israel on Monday evening.
At present, it is unclear just how bad conditions may get and if the situation will compel the closure of Israel’s skies to commercial air traffic.
Meetings are expected to begin in about an hour, at 1:00pm local time.
UPDATE 4:37PM IL: Volcanic Ash Not Expected to Close Israeli Skies
Transportation Ministry officials are indicating that while the volcanic ash residue that closed European skies is expected to make its way to Israel by Monday evening, meteorological data indicates the same action may not be required here. Officials are hopeful that Israel’s airspace will remain open.
Following an emergency meeting of ministry officials, Civil Air Authority officials, Airport Authority directors and meteorological experts, it appears the cloud making its way from Cyprus will be visible but at present, it does not signal that it will be as severe as over Europe, where it compelled the cessation of air traffic.
Experts are monitoring the situation and at present, it is hopeful that the cloud will pass over Israel during the night without having a significant impact on air quality. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz reports all relevant agencies are monitoring the situation and are standing by ready to act should the situation demand.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)