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Airlines call for flight restrictions to be eased

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Airlines call for flight restrictions to be eased


Europe’s air industry has demanded an urgent review of the flight curbs currently in place, despite no let up in the ash pumping out of an erupting Icelandic volcano. On Sunday, several airlines carried out test flights, reporting no obvious damage. Earlier, the EU’s transport commissioner said he hoped half of Europe’s airspace would be open today.

With major airlines losing an estimated 150 million euros a day, pressure is mounting on aviation agency, Eurocontrol, to ease restrictions. It has dismissed suggestions that it is being overly cautious. But, even if the ban is lifted, some passengers still aren’t sure what they will do.

‘‘It’s a good question. I don’t know. I am not sure, but I heard that planes were ok, so it depends. I would have to talk to them, maybe, maybe I would do it,’‘ said one man at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.

‘‘If Eurocontrol come out with a formal press release saying that it’s safe, I would consider it. But after all this fire and brimstone, truly with the volcano, after all this gung-ho activity with this, I am not sure who to trust anymore,’‘ said another man.

The culprit of all the disruption, however, is showing a complete disregard for the travel chaos being caused. On Sunday, powerful tremors, more intense than a few days ago, hurled a steady stream of ash into the sky. A worrying sign for those travellers still stuck.

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