British Airways cabin crew began a new strike on Monday after weekend talks to try to resolve a long-running dispute over wages, job cuts and working conditions broke down in acrimony.
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.
Too much government control: the choice to ground European flights after the volcano eruption should have been left left up to the airlines.
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.
Three-day strike by British Airways is going ahead Saturday.
The seven-day British Airways strike slated for late March is the latest in a wave of strikes to sweep across France, Italy, Germany, and Greece as socialist entitlement collides with market realities.