Some good news for the aviation industry
May 18th, 2010 by elisa

The latest chaos for the aviation industry including ash clouds and strike threats which have all grounded flights and caused disruption to both passengers and airlines alike received some reasonably good news today.

The first to be reported was that the planned 20 days of British Airways strikes were called off at the last minute by the High Court, which said that it was unclear whether Unite had met the strict legislation set down for industrial action. As the news was delivered at 6pm last night, it was a little too late for many passengers who had made alternative arrangements, and is likely to still cause disruptions throughout the week. Unite are expected to challenge the decision.

The second piece of news is that the Civil Aviation Authority have relaxed some of the restrictions imposed on flights through volcanic ash clouds over UK airspace. Aircraft can now fly through an increased density of ash than previously thought and they have introduced a new “Time Limited Zone” which will allow schedules to return more or less to normal. Airlines must first qualify to fly under these restrictions by gaining permission from the engine and aircraft suppliers. The first airline to gain permission is Flybe.

This news will come as quite a relief to most people I expect!

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