Lufthansa wants EU compensation for volcanic disruption

7th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

The head of the German airline Lufthansa called Monday for the European Union to pay carriers compensation for business lost owing to the closure of European airspace after the eruption of an Icelandic volcano.

"We don't want any subsidies but we want compensation since we have been forced to be grounded and it was not necessary," Wolfgang Mayrhuber told a press conference organised here by the International Air Transport Association.

Around 100,000 flights were cancelled in April after EU authorities closed large parts of the continent's airspace to commercial traffic amid fears that volcanic ash could severely damage jet engines.

Airlines lost an estimated 1.8 billion dollars (2.2 billion euros) as a result of the decision.

"There is probably an intelligent way to compensate airline companies," Mayhruber said.

He suggested one way would be to freeze a European emission trading scheme known as ETS that aims to cap greenhouse emissions.

© 2010 AFP

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