Silver lining turns out to be ash, too - airlines cancel flights
Yesterday there was plenty of optimism that the eruption of Grimsvotn in Iceland wouldn't cause flights to be cancelled. It was all going to be different, said the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Not a problem. No sir.
Twelve hours later, everything has gone Pete Tong. Airlines across Northern Europes are cancelling services, with the prospect of more cancellations on the way. British Airways and Ryanair have grounded flights due to arrive in Scotland tomorrow afternoon, while KLM has cancelled 16 flights to and from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle. Aer Lingus, easyJet and FLybe are also grounding flights.
Understandably, Ryanair isn't too happy about it all:
"Ryanair strongly object to this decision and believe that there is no basis for these flight cancellations and will be meeting with the IAA on Tuesday morning to have this restriction on Ryanair flights removed as a matter of urgency.
"Ryanair believe that there is no safety risk to aircraft on fights operating to and from Scotland and together with other airlines will be complaining to the Transport Minister and Regulatory Authorities about these latest and unnecessary cancellations."
Harumph. No doubt Ryanair are distraught that any compensation they have to fork out will cut into the profits they would have otherwise raked in from their recently introduced cancellation fee.
It's not just European flights that are likely to be affected; it's likely that transatlantic services will have to divert to avoid the ash cloud, causing further delays at airports.