Flights now allowed through volcano's deadly ash of death
The Icelandic ash cloud of doom had a few early fans in the Bitterwallet bunker; we enjoyed Mother Nature's stance in reasserting her position at the top of the food chain. Then the cancellations stretched into days, our own summer holidays in July appeared to be at risk and we quickly changed our tune.
Fear not, avid reader, because the annual Bitterwallet excursion to Malaga looks certain, now that new rules have been introduced to allow planes to fly at higher densities of ash for a limited time. Airlines will need to get agreement from their aircraft and engine manufacturers as to what tolerance the engines can withstand before they will be allowed to fly again.
Despite the fact the situation is unprecedented - the UK has never worried about volcanoes, despite it been barely 800 miles from Edinburgh to Reykjavik - the airlines have lampooned the Civil Aviation Authority for their caution. Richard Branson got all in a pickle and described the weekend's closure of Manchester airport as "beyond a joke", while Ryanair called for a ban on "computer generated models to chart large black clouds over much of Ireland and the UK which don’t exist".
What the new rules effectively mean, is that passenger safety will become a concern for commercial entities to decide upon, rather than civil authorities. Only one airline currently satisfies the new conditions - budget airline Flybe, who happen to fly to... Malaga! Hooray!