Ash chaos: Brown under pressure while Willie Walsh takes to the skies
Ash chaos: Brown under pressure while Willie Walsh takes to the skiesFlight disruption continues today amid demands for Gordon Brown to reassess the restrictions after test flights reported no damage from the dust.
An announcement from NATS at 0830 BST this morning confirmed that British airspace would remain largely closed until at least 0100 hours BST tomorrow.
British Airways has already placed notices on its site informing passengers as such. Meanwhile, BA's chief executive, Willie Walsh, yesterday took to the skies to test the effects the ash could have on its aircraft.
Over the weekend many European airlines ran test flights to establish the nature of the conditions and the potential damage likely to be caused to aircraft. Many airlines have reported good flying conditions.
Anger is mounting amongst airlines and politicians across Europe as the problem continues with little positive outlook for the coming days. The restrictions currently cover circa 20 countries across Europe, but The Association of European Airlines claimed the restrictions on flights in Europe far exceeded concerns relating to flying in these conditions from other countries around the world.
Thousands of people are stranded at airports across Europe and further afield including many stil trying to return from Easter holidays. The chaos has caused ferry ports to jam with hopeful passengers and car hire firms to run out of stock. Yesterday, Gordon Brown put the Royal Navy on standby to rescue stranded British holidaymakers.
An emergency meeting at Downing Street this morning is hoped to result in a decision on whether to reopen British airspace. The next update from NATS is expected at 1500 hours BST.
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