Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

USA : Ebola Halloween costumes spark outrage online

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

"Flying coffins" in Ivory Coast and a rich Maltese couple rescuing migrants

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Jokowi: 'A new hope' for Indonesia

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Christophe de Margerie, a jovial and strategic boss

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Exiled family returns to Somaliland

Read more

DEBATE

Whose boots on the ground? Turkey wary of Syrian Kurds (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Whose boots on the ground? Turkey wary of Syrian Kurds

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Interview: Ebola 'a wake-up call', says World Bank chief

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Dacian Ciolos, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

Read more

Europe

Volcanic ash crisis cost European tourism over one billion euros

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-05-08

According to the World Tourism Organisation, the European tourism industry lost over one billion euros due to the volcanic ash cloud and the disruption it created.

AFP - Losses to Europe's tourism sector caused by the ash cloud from Iceland could touch one billion euros, according to a preliminary estimate by the European Commission on Wednesday.
   
"I take note that the initial estimates of the loss to the sector touch the threshold of one billion euros (1.3 billion dollars)," said European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship Antonio Tajani in a statement.
   
He was speaking after a videoconference with European tourism ministers and officials.
   
The statement said it was too early to gauge the effcts of the crisis on hotels as well as tour operators.
   
Tour operators had told the commission they had spent about 388 million euros to repatriate about 1.6 million clients stranded overseas since April 15.
   
Iceland's Eyjafjoell volcano erupted on April 14, spreading an ash cloud across much of northern and western Europe and triggering the biggest disruption to aviation since World War II.
   
The international airline industry body, IATA, said the shutdown cost carriers some 1.7 billion dollars (1.3 billion euros) and called on governments to pick up at least part of the cost, angered by their handling of the crisis.
   
Eurocontrol, the continent's air traffic control coordinator, said more than 100,000 flights to, from and within Europe had been cancelled between April 15 and 21, preventing an estimated 10 million passengers from travelling.

Date created : 2010-04-23

  • AVIATION

    ‘We can pay for a hotel, but our budget is getting out of control’

    Read more

  • AVIATION

    Airlines edge slowly back to 'business as usual'

    Read more

  • AVIATION

    No embassy help for French nationals stranded in New Delhi

    Read more

COMMENT(S)