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Originally posted by Signals
How many days of cancellations would it take for Europe's airlines to go bankrupt?
Date: 16 April 2010
Statement - Financial Impact of Icelandic Volcano Ash
The air transport industry is experiencing major disruption of services following the Iceland volcanic eruption. IATA’s initial and conservative estimate of the financial impact on airlines is in excess of US$200 million per day in lost revenues. In addition to lost revenues, airlines will incur added costs for re-routing of aircraft, care for stranded passengers and stranded aircraft at various ports. IATA has set up its crisis center in Montreal and is closely coordinating with Eurocontrol and European air navigation service providers.
The IATA represents 220 airlines which comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic. Bloomberg recently reported that the “Volcanic eruptions in Iceland which this week caused thousands of flights to be canceled may continue for months.”
The company also warned Friday it might temporarily lay off up to 2,500 workers in Norway after the weekend if flights remained grounded.
The warning was linked to a requirement by Norwegian law to give employees at least two days notice in these cases, and a company spokeswoman told AFP workers in Sweden and Denmark, where the rules are different, would likely receive a similar warning later.
Originally posted by ommadawn
reply to post by mister Jones
I think this is exactly the right place to discuss the elephant in the corner that everyone is ignoring, and come up with ideas.
Here's a couple:
Would injecting water into the front of jet engines have the effect of trapping the ash inside superheated steam long enough to prevent it reaching melting point? This may not stop the abrasion or clogging issues however.
Re-arrange the European rail network to allow for fast tracking very long haul point-to-point rail services. I have no idea how compatible the different rail networks are, so perhaps the train-spotters could chip-in.
Originally posted by The Undertaker
Ummm, How about this, we have the planes fly around the ash and then we use some of these Mega-Cruise Ships that are on the Oceans and start transporting people that way.
Am I missing something here?