I was just watching the article on BBC news .... it reckons that previous disruptions would've been avoided with this technology.
However, it did also mention a larger volcano (which we know to be Katla) and said that it's not a case of if it blows, more like when .... I've been thinking a lot about this recently and if the stories of European Airspace being closed for 18 months are true, this could be the end of the world as we know it.
Imagine the ramifications of Europe's skies being closed for 18 months - essentially all airport workers, ATC, airline staff, maintenance staff, travel agents etc would lose their jobs. Imports of fresh fruit and veg would be no more. Businesses in Africa who rely on Europe for a massive part of their trade could go bust. Many American airlines who probably rely on lucrative trans-at markets could go bust, an so on ....
European skies closure for such a long period could be the straw that breaks the Euro's back and essentially lead to massive unrest in Europe and even war .... I'm only surprised that this initiative isn't being backed by more airlines and on a much larger scale.
Let's just hope Katla can hold on until next summer when this equipment should be ready to go!
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