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Transport ministers urged to discuss limiting ash disruption

Transport ministers urged to discuss limiting ash disruption

European transport ministers meeting in Brussels tomorrow (June 24th) must not miss the opportunity to agree to limit disruption in the wake of a fresh cloud of volcanic ash.

This is according to the Association of European Airlines (AEA), which said the strict restrictions placed over the continent’s airspace in April and May should not be allowed to happen again.

Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus, the AEA’s secretary general, said that theoretical modelling was used to calculate how the ash, which emanated from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano, dispersed and dissipated.

"But since nobody knew how much atmospheric ash was being ejected by the volcano in the first place, the models were useless and the decisions taken were disastrously flawed," he explained.

The disruption caused by the ash resulted in €1.2 billion (£1 billion) of disruption for AEA member airlines, a sum the organisation believes was "greatly inflated by unnecessary restrictions".

Last month, the AEA said it had "lost confidence" in the data used to implement no-fly zones in the wake of the volcanic eruption in southern Iceland.

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