The volcanic ash cloud from Iceland dissipated today and a British Airways labor strike was canceled, allowing Europe's airports to return to near-normal operations. But the British Met Office is taking fire for its volcanic ash cloud forecasts.
Citing the government bailout after the Sept. 11 shutdown of US airspace, European airlines are seeking government compensation over groundings caused by the ash cloud released from an Iceland volcano. So are some stranded passengers.
The ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland kept most Europe flights canceled for a fifth day, sparking criticism from an airline group that regulators are being too cautious. What's open? Rome, Prague, Nice, France, and Barcelona, Spain.
Some European airlines have begun test flights to see if it is safe to fly through the volcano ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull. But a NASA study says a little ash can cause serious problems.
A spreading plume of ash from an erupting Iceland volcano shut all British airports and effected air travel across northern Europe. The precautions reflect protocols developed after volcanic ash almost caused two disastrous crashes in 1982.
Three-day strike by British Airways is going ahead Saturday.
Unite, Britain's self-proclaimed largest union, lost its bid to stop British Airways from changing their cabin crew staffing. The union is now threatening to strike.
A French air traffic controllers' strike has grounded dozens of flights in Paris, one of Europe's busiest air travel hubs. The first hints of spring appear to be bringing strike fever to Europe.