Volcanic ash abates; Air Canada to operate full slate of 40 flights to Europe

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Montreal -

Air Canada says it plans to operate a full slate of 40 flights to Europe today now that ash from an Icelandic volcano is abating.
But the airline warns that some airspace restrictions remain in place and that flight schedules remain subject to change.
Air Canada is adding extra flights and larger aircraft, but says it will take several days to clear up a passenger backlog.
Planes are flying into all of Europe's top airports but experts predict it could take days to clear a backlog of stranded passengers.
About 102,000 flights were cancelled around the world since the ash began spreading across Europe last week.
Eurocontrol, an air traffic control agency in Brussels, says 21,000 of the continent's 28,000 scheduled flights will go ahead today.
Airlines say they lost at least US$1.7 billion in revenue during the ash crisis.

Organizations: Air Canada

Geographic location: Europe, Montreal, Brussels

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  • Anon
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    One day its the biggest threat to air security since 9/11 the next day its harmless.

    Seems to me like air companies want to stop losing money at the expense of our safety. After all one downed plane is nothing compared to the money theyll make from the other 39. And thats just it. We arn't customers we're dollar figures on a profit spreadsheet. Gone are the days when a business owner was loyal to his customers now its supposed to be the other way around with nothing in return except for hiked prices and extra fees while even employees take pay cuts. Not the CEO's of course they've done a fine job managing the industry and deserve the half a million dollars a year they make for cutting salaries and taking safety shortcuts.

  • Anon
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    One day its the biggest threat to air security since 9/11 the next day its harmless.

    Seems to me like air companies want to stop losing money at the expense of our safety. After all one downed plane is nothing compared to the money theyll make from the other 39. And thats just it. We arn't customers we're dollar figures on a profit spreadsheet. Gone are the days when a business owner was loyal to his customers now its supposed to be the other way around with nothing in return except for hiked prices and extra fees while even employees take pay cuts. Not the CEO's of course they've done a fine job managing the industry and deserve the half a million dollars a year they make for cutting salaries and taking safety shortcuts.