4/19/2010

As thousands of travelers remain stranded at airports around the world, a global aviation group is blasting European officials for "lack of leadership" in dealing with a cloud of volcanic ash that has closed much of Europe's airspace. European airports are expected to see only about a third of their normal flight volume today, while busy hubs such as London, Paris and Amsterdam remain shut down entirely. Several airlines conducted test flights over the weekend and determined that the ash cloud did not represent a danger, but aviation authorities insisted they were following UN protocols for ensuring public safety. Airline losses have been estimated at $250 million a day.

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