Flybe, the UK’s airline, confirmed that it operated a full schedule of services from Edinburgh and Glasgow airports this morning (up to 10.00) carrying 931 passengers on 16 flights to destinations including Birmingham, Southampton and Manchester.
An ash cloud from Iceland’s largest volcano continues to move towards the UK and mainland Europe, and is expected to reach the eastern coast of Ireland and northern Russia. Flights in Scotland have been cancelled by regional airline Loganair on Tuesday as the Civil Aviation Authority warns that disruption cannot be ruled out.
New European Union proposals could spare airlines from paying customers full compensation when flights are grounded. Siim Kallas, the European Commission vice president, said the EU was poised to change the “denied boarding” regulation 261, which was originally introduced to protect passengers when they were unable to take the flight they had paid for.
A programme of cost cutting has helped luxury tour operator Kuoni reduce first-half losses to £23 million from £30 million in 2009 despite sales remaining “muted” due to the European debt crisis, the volcanic ash cloud and political voilence in Thailand.
The High Court in London has suspended the right of UK air passengers to claim compensation from airlines for flight delays. The ruling means that UK courts will hear no further compensation cases until a further ECJ ruling, which isn’t expected till 2012.
KLM has reignited the debate about EU airline compensation rules, following its decision to reimburse only 24 hours worth of hotel and meal expenses to passengers caught up in the volcanic ash cloud.
UK airport operator BAA has said the number of passengers using its airports fell in May because of continued disruption from the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud and the British Airways strike.
easyJet has unveiled a radar system that will allow airlines to safely fly around ash clouds. The device incorporates infra-red technology that highlights potentially damaging particles within a 100km radius, thereby enabling the pilot to change course and continue their journey safely.