Posts Tagged ‘ Volcanic Eruption ’

Hotels, Volcanic Ash and the Summer

May 10th, 2010 | By

It has been reported in the media that hotel prices rose considerably when airports had to close due to the ash in the atmosphere.( I have to say that the hotel I used gave me the same rate) During the six day closure some 10 million people were estimated to have been affected. That meant that hotel reservations were cancelled as well as new ones being booked at the last minute.
Prices certainly rose and cancellations at lower rates were probably replaced by walk-in rates which would have been higher so hotels in the affected areas shouldn’t have lost overall.

Greener Flying

May 4th, 2010 | By

I can’t really believe my luck. Two weeks ago I was in Glasgow and the effects of the volcano ash caused my flight to be cancelled. I’m back in Glasgow to wrap up those appointments that I had to skip and guess what; the ash has closed Glasgow airport from 7am tomorrow.
The difference this time is that the aviation authorities are unlikely to trigger the immense shutdown that happened then so I am optimistic I’ll be able to fly out in under 6 days.
Why fly you might ask? Why not use the train?

Reflections on a May Day Weekend

May 1st, 2010 | By

A third of the year has gone and, as we get ready for the huge number of events being celebrated over this long week end, it is worth pausing to look at what seems to be happening to the efforts to attract us to visit destinations so far.
The impact of the Icelandic volcanic eruption is still to be felt. Will we travel abroad less because of concerns this may happen again? (I know people who are still in China some twelve days after the flight ban was lifted.) Will we view the disruption as one of those events that happen only once a lifetime and forget it as quickly as it began or will we holiday at home more? Research from TNS Research International suggests that the majority of us won’t let it affect our travel plans

$A450,000 for Sydney to London

Apr 22nd, 2010 | By

Now that airspace is open again, the great return home begins. With a cruise ship in Bilbao, the Navy mixing returning troops from Afghanistan with holidaymakers and ferries, Eurostar and hire cars doing exceptional business, there are stories about how much people are spending.
According to today’s Sydney Morning Herald in Australia, some people are looking to hire a jet for $A450,000 (say £270,000) to fly home from Australia to the UK. Except as you read the story, the truth is that enquiries have been made but the company can’t point to any firm orders. It looks like a good headline to capture people’s attention so maybe that is all it is.
But some people have spent hundreds if not thousands on trying to return to their homes.

A Confused Air Passenger

Apr 18th, 2010 | By

Is it safe to fly?
I don’t know.
Yes says the former F1 driver, Niki Lauder, who flew in his own FlyNiki jet. 19 countries say no and have refused all but emergency flights over their airspace. Gordon Brown has called a meeting of ministers and officials to discuss the matter. The EU commissioner has said he hopes about 50% of European airspace will be open on Monday. Lufthansa, Air Berlin , KLM-France and Air France have undertaken test flights with no apparent damage although the Chief Executive of KLM said that they were awaiting technical results.

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

Apr 16th, 2010 | By

UPDATE: 21 APRIL . Flights in the UK were allowed to resume at 22.00 last night subject to each plane being inspected after each flight for ash damage so there will be delays in turnaround times. It will probably take a few days to return to normal for most regular routes but airlines will do their utmost to get back to normal as fast as possible so they can start earning money again.
What have volcanologists learnt from previous eruptions in other parts of the world? And what are the long term consequences for flight and for the climate?

A Touch of the Volcanics

Apr 16th, 2010 | By

Having flown quite a bit over the last forty years, I have faced all sorts of reasons for flight delays and cancellations. I’ve had an engine failure in Karachi, a lightning strike over Teheran, thunder and lightning in the airspace in which we are going to fly through and even a delay due to the pilot being removed because he was considered drunk.
But I have never had the reason I had yesterday morning. My flight back from Glasgow had been cancelled because of a volcanic ash cloud in the upper atmosphere.
Anyway you all know about the situation because there was been wall-to-wall media coverage even to the point that this morning, the lead story tended to be the ash story rather than the party leaders’ debate.
Like about 600,000 other people yesterday, I had to decide how to get back home.

Dust the volcanic ash off your suitcase and take the train

Apr 15th, 2010 | By

We are all smart enough not to travel to flooded areas, but the truth is that natural disasters such as volcanoes do not just affect the area surrounding their location: The eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in southern Iceland erupted for the second time in less than a month yesterday, after geoscientists were forwarded of signs of life – after being dormant for nearly 200 years – by the occurrence of 1000s of small earthquakes which started at the end of 2009.