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New Volcano Eruptions End Hopes of Fast, Full Return to European Skies

News of a second ash cloud drifting towards the afflicted European travel region is dashing hopes of a quick end to the Icelandic volcano crisis, causing potential chaos for any stranded incentive travel groups.


April 21, 2010

News of a second ash cloud drifting towards the afflicted European travel region, potentially dashing hopes of a quick end to the Icelandic volcano crisis, causing potential chaos for incentive travel groups.

Travel-management companies described the chaos caused to corporate travel as unprecedented.

“From an operational standpoint, though of course not the human cost, this event surpasses 9/11,” said Emmanuel Guirado, Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s EMEA vice-president for traveler and transaction services. “This is of a totally different magnitude.”

Guirado said the crisis is causing considerable damage to plans for corporate travel over the coming weeks. “We are asking customers to postpone trips unless they are business-critical,” he said.

European Union transport ministers divided the EU into three zones — no-fly, limited service and open skies —which resulted in total airspace closure in several countries, including Ireland, Norway, Poland and almost all of England. Other European countries did open their airspace to a greater or lesser extent, but in all cases with severe disruptions to service.

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