What Will Another Volcanic Eruption Do To The Airline Industry

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As European air-travel gets back to normal after the Icelandic volcano eruption many are asking what the long term effects of the shut-down are likely to be.

Some people are saying that the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption that grounded much of Europe could result in a very unsettled period for aviation. Much like the effects of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Some regular travelers are saying that they will now be thinking twice about taking a plane if an alternative mode of transport is available. Some telecommuters between the United Kingdom and France have said that they will now be using the train.

It’s clear that the volcanic ash cloud has had a significant psychological effect upon some travelers. However, travel industry experts have said that they don’t expect the recent events to effect the way in which Americans travel to Europe.

But airlines, already suffering due to the economic downturn, are now having to contend with the chaos created by the ash cloud. And there is a strong chance that a second volcano, Katla, will also erupt. Katla has erpted each of the last 3 times that Eyjafjallajokull erupted.

If uncertainty over the volcano eruptions persists then this will inevitable effect traveler confidence. Financial recovery during 2010 will be even more difficult for airlines as a result.

Various european aviation authorities are still in disagreement over the proper response to a massive volcani eruption. Many now claim that the decision to ground all commercial aircraft, leading to the cancellation of 100,000 flights, was a massive over-reaction. Others are saying that this was the only sensible course of action that would protect travelers.

This recent crisis exposed significan flaws in the way in which european air traffic management is carried out. These led to the uncoordinated responses to the volcanic ash cloud. This system is now to undergo an urgent reform.


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