28-Apr-2011 10:59 AM

Ryanair rejects recent ash cloud report

Ryanair announced (27-Apr-2011) its rejection of a recent "nonsensical report prepared by 'Icelandic and Danish scientists'" that vindicated the decision by European government and air traffic authorities to close European airspace in Apr-2011 due to the ash cloud. The LCC stated it did not object to the closure of airspace over a limited radius around the Icelandic volcano, where "clearly a safety threat of volcanic ash existed". Ryanair is disputing that there was "no evidence of any volcanic ash over large swathes of the UK, Spain, France, Germany, Portugal or indeed the Canary Islands, which suffered repeated airspace closures because of bureaucratic bungling and political incompetence which unnecessarily disrupted the travel plans of millions of EU citizens." The LCC maintains there remains "no justification for the closure of airspace over locations such as the Canary Islands which was more than 3000 kms removed from the volcanic eruption and where there was no evidence of any volcanic ash whatsoever". [more]

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