Air France-KLM Group and Deutsche Lufthansa AG were among carriers saying they managed to fly aircraft without suffering damage as governments across Europe extended a flight ban after Iceland’s volcanic eruption last week caused the grounding of 63,000 flights.
British Airways Plc said European carriers are seeking compensation as unprecedented airspace closings following the volcanic eruption in Iceland cost the industry an estimated $300 million a day in lost sales.
The volcano eruption underneath Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull glacier is slowing rapidly, and one of the craters has died out, Morgunbladid reported, citing Magnus Gudmundsson, a geologist with the University of Iceland.
European airlines canceled more than 77 percent of their flights today as most of the continent’s northern and central nations remained closed to air traffic because of volcanic ash. Accuweather predicted little change until April 22.
Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupted for the third time in a week, spewing hot ash and forcing thousands more people to flee to evacuation shelters in central Java, while the death toll from the Mentawai Islands tsunami was revised downward.
Air France-KLM Group and Deutsche Lufthansa AG were among carriers saying they managed to fly aircraft without suffering damage as authorities across Europe extended a flight ban after Iceland’s volcanic eruption.
Thousands of travelers stranded by the Icelandic ash cloud began returning to Europe as London’s Heathrow airport became the last major terminal to open after the end of a six-day flight ban that cost airlines $1.7 billion.