Published on October 15th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


IAA warns of Flight Disruption by Storm Ophelia

Storm Ophelia continues to track towards Ireland with the initial effects expected to be seen from 0300hrs tomorrow, Monday 16th October. Operations at Cork, Kerry and Shannon are expected to be worst affected. Aer Lingus Regional has already cancelled a number of flights from Kerry (EI3204 from Dublin, EI3205 to Dublin & EI3208 from Dublin) as well as some flights from Cork (Birmingham, London Heathrow) and Shannon (Heathrow). Further cancellations are expected as the storm approaches. Ireland West Airport Knock has said, that as of this evening, no flights have been cancelled but passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling to the airport.

Dublin Airport said this evening “A number of flights to and from Dublin Airport have been cancelled tomorrow due to the expected impact of Hurricane Ophelia. Aer Lingus, British Airways, Air France, CityJet and KLM have all cancelled some services for tomorrow. The airlines in question are contacting passengers directly in relation to any services that have been affected.”

The Terminal Area Forecast (TAF) for Cork Airport is predicting winds of up to 70 knots (129km/h) between 12:00 and 15:00 local tomorrow.

EICK 151700Z 1518/1618 VRB03KT 2000 -RADZ BKN002
TEMPO 1518/1603 0200 FG -DZ BKN001 PROB30
TEMPO 1518/1521 4000 SCT002 BKN004
BECMG 1520/1523 13010KT
BECMG 1603/1606 07020G30KT 9999 NSW SCT025
BECMG 1607/1609 17035G50KT
BECMG 1609/1611 17040G60KT
TEMPO 1609/1615 5000 -RADZ BKN008
TEMPO 1611/1614 18048G70KT
BECMG 1614/1616 23035G50KT

Mean Sea Level pressure chart for 0600 Monday showing the packed isobars of Storm Ophelia off the southwest coast.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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