TORONTO — No one could confidently pronounce it, but for a few days one April it was all the travel industry could talk about: Eyjafjallajokull.
The headline for ‘It Happened This Week’ is: ‘European governments slammed for lack of leadership in air space restrictions following eruption’
When the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupted, flights were grounded over large swaths of Europe, impacting the travel plans of some 10 million travellers.
As Travelweek noted at the time, IATA had terse words for how Europe’s decision makers handled things. “We are far enough into this crisis to express our dissatisfaction on how governments have managed it – with no risk assessment, no consultation, no coordination, no leadership,” said IATA’s then-director general and CEO, Giovanni Bisignani.
Bisignani added that the Eyjafjallajokull crisis cost airlines at least $200 million a day in lost revenues.
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