British Airways Is Seeking Compensation For Volcano Chaos

BA has asked the EU and the UK government for financial compensation for the closure of airspace. BA said they are losing approximately £15m to £20m a day due to the volcanic ash. Almost all flights in and out of the UK have been suspended since Thursday.

British Airways chief executive, Willie Walsh, said: "This is an unprecedented situation that is having a huge impact on customers and airlines alike. We continue to offer as much support as we can to our customers, however, these are extraordinary circumstances that are beyond all airlines' control.

"To assist us with this situation, European airlines have asked the EU and national governments for financial compensation for the closure of airspace. There is a precedent for this to happen as compensation was paid after the closure of US airspace following the terrorist events of 9/11 and clearly the impact of the current situation is more considerable.

"We welcome the EU's initiative to address the economic consequences of the airspace closure on the air travel industry and the wider European economy. We are also in touch with the UK government which has set up a group to work on this issue as it recognises the impact on airlines and the contribution that aviation makes to the British economy."

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