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Iceland's volcanic ash halts flights across Europe

LONDON - (APINTL) An enormous ash cloud from a remote Icelandic volcano caused the biggest flight disruption since the 2001 terrorist attacks as it drifted over northern Europe and stranded travelers on six continents. Officials said it could take days for the skies to become safe again in one of aviation's...

Airline losses from ash spiral over $1 billion

PARIS - (APINTL) As airline losses from the volcanic ash cloud spiraled over $1 billion on Monday, the industry demanded EU compensation and criticized European governments for not using scientific measures to evaluate the ash and open up their airspace. Shares of some European airlines fell as flight...

Ryanair U-turn, will pay stranded customers' bills

DUBLIN - (AP) Penny-pinching airline Ryanair did a surprise U-turn Thursday and agreed to pay the hotel and food bills of tens of thousands of customers left stranded during Europe's volcano-ash crisis. Chief executive Michael O'Leary had initially vowed Wednesday to limit customers' payments...

EU moves to help aviation heal $3.3 billion losses

BRUSSELS - (APINTL) Europe should help its aviation industry recover from up to euro2.5 billion ($3.3 billion) in losses from the volcanic ash crisis by reforming its air traffic control system, offering loans and suspending some rules like bans on nighttime flights, the European Union said Tuesday....

Germany, France demand binding aviation ash rules

BRUSSELS - (AP) Germany and France demanded binding rules Tuesday to determine when air space should be closed because of volcanic ash and when planes can be allowed to fly as European Union transport ministers held another emergency meeting on aviation. Last month's chaotic closures of much of...

Iceland's ash may keep choking Europe's air travel

DUBLIN - (APINTL) Iceland's clouds of volcanic ash are menacing European air traffic again, but transport chiefs insist they are learning from last month's crisis and won't let the hard-to-measure emissions ground their continent again. Rising volcanic activity spurred aviation authorities...

Eyjafjallajokull, Deepwater Horizon, and Property Insurance

By Eugene Wollan, Senior Counsel, Mound, Cotton, Wollan and Greengrass On March 20, 2010, and again on April 14, 2010, Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted, creating a plume of ash and sediment so massive that air travel across Europe and the Atlantic Ocean was affected for weeks. On April...

Effect of volcano on jet engines being tested

BRUSSELS - (AP) A major U.S. jet engine maker announced Thursday it will investigate the effects of volcanic ash on the engines of aircraft that have flown through the plume. Honeywell Aerospace's engines powered several of the planes sent up to collect scientific data after eruptions of the volcano...

Potential Aviation Insurance Issues After Eyjafjoll Volcano Eruption

By Katherine Posner, Partner, Condon & Forsyth The recent volcanic ash clouds from the eruption in Iceland have wreaked, and continue to wreak, havoc on air travel for millions of passengers and also disrupted businesses throughout the world. On April 14, 2010, the Eyjafjoll volcano in Iceland...

Coverage Implications Related to the Eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

By Costantino Suriano, Hilary Henkind, Frank DeAngelis, Frank Montbach, and Marc Haas, Attorneys, Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass On March 20, 2010, after almost 200 years of silence, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano located in southern Iceland erupted. Although the March 20th eruption continued...

Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass on Insurance Implications Related to Eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

By Costantino Suriano, Hilary Henkind, Frank DeAngelis, Frank Montbach, and Marc Haas, Attorneys, Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass On March 20, 2010, after almost 200 years of silence, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano located in southern Iceland erupted. Although the March 20th eruption continued...

Eruptions and Disruption But No Indemnification

This article explains the liability faced by air carriers arising out of the closure of most of Europe’s airspace for six days in April 2010, the lack of insurance to cover that loss and the new products being considered to cover such eventualities in future. Europe is now reflecting on the...

Passengers and Airlines Not Likely to Find Sympathetic Ears at Insurers

This article explains the liability faced by air carriers arising out of the closure of most of Europe’s airspace for six days in April 2010, the lack of insurance to cover that loss and the new products being considered to cover such eventualities in future. Europe is now reflecting on the...

Warming of the oceans in previous 2 decades - heat stored equal to 2 billion Hiroshima atomic bombs

Because water has a vastly larger capacity for heat storage than the atmosphere, eventually between 80 to 90 percent of the heat trapped by the greenhouse effects ends up being stored in the oceans. Thus, the trend in ocean temperatures is an excellent indicator of long-term trends in global GHG effects...

Hawaii: Aggravation of Asthma by “Vog”—Volcanic Smog—Found Compensable

Vacating a decision by the state’s Intermediate Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Hawaii recently held that an employee’s claim for the aggravation of his asthma resulting from alleged work-related exposure to volcanic smog—a combination of weather, wind conditions and volcanic...