Ryanair Holdings Plc dismissed Captain John Goss and said it plans to pursue legal action against the pilot after he was featured on a U.K. television program this week that questioned the airline’s safety.
U.K. airports including Heathrow are starting to open after the government, the Civil Aviation Authority and manufacturers agreed on volcanic ash tolerance levels and inspections, Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis said.
Airlines were forced to ground 1,000 flights across Europe today as the return of the Icelandic ash cloud closed terminals from Northern Ireland to the Netherlands. Most of the region’s airspace was open again by the afternoon.
All U.K. airports were open today after a cloud of volcanic ash cleared, easing disruption that forced carriers including British Airways Plc and Continental Airlines Inc. to cancel more than 400 flights yesterday.
A cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland continued to drift over the North Atlantic and parts of Europe, prompting air-traffic authorities in Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy to close parts of the countries’ airspace.