For the past few weeks the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland has been spewing ash and the end is still not in sight. The British government overhauled the “no fly” rules in an attempt to reduce future airspace closures but there are still many problems for most of the european airports. Officials expect the disruptions to continue for most of the week which means that air traffic will be disrupted for at least a week more.
Because of the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano more than 100,000 flights have been cancelled already, disturbing the travel activities of an estimated 10 million travellers worldwide. The Air Transport Association (IATA) estimated that the shutdowns cost carriers over 1.1 billion pounds.
Besides these shutdowns the carriers also have to cope with a large number of complaints, this doesn’t always work out the way it’s supposed, Italy has fined Ryanair 3 million euros for failing to help stranded passengers. Ryanair has a lot of flights to Italy including Rome Ciapino Airport and Pisa International Airport. Italy’s civil aviation authority said it knew of over 150 cases of passengers who did not receive mandatory assistance.