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Air fares to soar as passengers shoulder the financial burden of the volcanic ash cloud upheaval
Air passengers already hit by cancelled flights and postponed holidays in the wake of the volcanic ash cloud could be on the receiving end of further misery in the next few months – as airlines hike prices to cope with the financial burden of the last two weeks’ upheaval.
A report released this week says that the six-day shutdown of European air space as the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in Iceland cost the air industry £1.3billion.
Figures revealed by the e-commerce website Kelkoo estimate that air fares are likely to rise by 5.2 per cent this year as airlines attempt to claw back losses caused by the enforced grounding of services across much of the continent.
Worse may be to follow in 2011, with ticket prices set to soar a further 11.5 per cent.
Such a jump would add £62 to the average cost of an economy class flight from London to New York, £26 to a ticket to Spain and £35 to an air journey to Greece.
Originally posted by MightyAl
Nevermind the "Single Sky" project mentioned by one of you. That's yet another advantageous outcome of this volcanic ash crisis.
It doesn't matter if the ash actually was in the sky or not, or that you found it on your lawn, the main point is that we are now being bombarded with changes to the airline industry.
These models should have been tested by the Met Office's main research plane, a BAE 146 jet, but it was in a hangar to be repainted and could not be sent up until last Tuesday - the last day of the ban
No-one knew that this eruption would take place
and aircraft have to be serviced sometimes
Originally posted by stumason
Typical Daily Mail nonsense..
The Ash cloud, for what it was, would not have been visible to the naked eye. But given the huge quantity of air sucked into a jet engine, even a low density cloud could pose a risk.
Just look at the RAF jets grounded with engine damage for proof there was an ash cloud. Norwegian F-16's also were reported to have had engine damage.
Just because you can't see something, doesn't mean it isn't there.
EDIT: Having said that, I still believe the flight ban was an over reaction, but better safe than sorry especially when the science isn't that well understood. You'd all be screaming for blood if they allowed flights to continue and people died as their planes plummetted into the ground.
[edit on 26/4/10 by stumason]
Originally posted by Dylux
No-one knew that this eruption would take place
No one? Then why has the volcano already been mentioned in mainstream media back in february/march followed by an unanimous "might soon erupt"?
Funny you mention that, as I caught a couple. I didn't mention that in my posts as I thought it unrelated, but the threadlike pattern was there just the same. Anyway, it has to be obvious that the density of the trail of ash would be impossible to determine accurately without a flying instrument, (maybe a good use for a UAV) at any given point, so there has to be an abitrary danger zone. For the BA Jakarta incident flight, if it wasn't for the persistance of the the flight engineer in trying to restart the engines, it would have ended up in the sea. And it wasn't just a matter of getting the groundspeed to restart the engines, because they did restart one engine, and regained altitude only for it to fail again, because they had reentered the ash zone. Jets do have separators to deal with airborne dirt but they were overloaded in that case. Propeller aircraft have air fliters to trap airborne dirt much like a car, in their case the eventual result would be the same, the filters will clog and the engines would, (if not totally die) lose their power which would not be recoverable. As to the long haul flights, there are plenty now heading West at least.
Originally posted by captiva
As others have mentioned before me, the ash was real....but, as far as it being the cause of the flight ban, I highly doubt it.
I base my opinion on the fact that I live less than 2 miles from Prestwick airport and have a free view of the runways from my window.
During the ban, I had no evidence of dust or ash on my black car, nor to my knowledge had anyone else in my area. The planes go back up and hey presto 3 days later we have ash the size of large snow-flakes visible as it falls. These flakes disapear in your hand if you catch them and craete thread like marks on car bodywork.
Meanwhile, in the midst of the 3 day fall there are planes taking off and landing every 5 minutes. No sign of disruption or fear from anyone.
The eruption and ash was real but I have no personal doubts that it was not the casue of the fly ban. It was an excuse whether a planned one or not to clear the airspace of flights.
As an aside I dont understand how the ash being over the UK should be stopping long haul flights yet its not stopping local or european flights.
We are missing something, and its probably staring us in the face.