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Ash disruption affects millions, data reveals

Nearly three million people in the UK were affected by the disruption at the country's airports caused by the volcanic ash cloud.

Nearly three million people in the UK were affected by the disruption at the country’s airports caused by the volcanic ash cloud.

This is according to new research from TNS RI Travel & Tourism, which found that eight percent of the country’s adults were prevented from flying during the six days of airport closures, while a further 19 percent were indirectly affected by their family being unable to fly.

Tom Costley, TNS RI Travel & Tourism’s head, said the findings demonstrate the "significant impact" the ash crisis has had on British travellers.

"There is continued uncertainty over the extent of the impact on taking flights and overseas trips for the rest of 2010, although it is interesting to see that the majority of travellers will not let the situation influence their future plans," he commented.

What’s more, the majority of travellers agreed that restrictions on flights were "the right course of action". Just one in ten people have said they will consider postponing a planned holiday as a result of the disruption.

The International Air Transport Association yesterday (April 28th) praised the efforts of the European Commission in providing relief to the air transport sector in the wake of the disruption.

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