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AEA and ACI welcome end to no-fly zone uncertainty

European Aviation Safety Agency's move towards ending uncertainty over no-fly zones created by volcanic ash clouds.

Airlines and airports in Europe have welcomed the European Aviation Safety Agency’s move towards ending uncertainty over no-fly zones created by volcanic ash clouds.

Both the Association of European Airlines (AEA) and Airport Council International (ACI) Europe have expressed appreciation for the way the European Commission handled the crisis, in particular a crisis management structure that will allow future crises to be dealt with more effectively.

However, the organisation stressed that more needs to be done to end the "piecemeal approach" currently used for the volcanic ash crisis.

AEA secretary general Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus said that the ever-changing rules over flight suspensions had failed to realise that airlines were the "best-qualified to manage the situation".

"The risks to aviation from airborne volcanic ash are well known and documented," he commented.

"What we need is the best possible information as to where there is ash contamination and in what concentrations."

Earlier this month, the Association of European Airlines said airlines in the UK and the continent had "lost confidence" in volcanic ash data.

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