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Quick Edit | Subprime volcanoes

Quick Edit | Subprime volcanoes
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First Published: Wed, May 25 2011. 12 13 AM IST
Updated: Wed, May 25 2011. 12 13 AM IST
Iceland, once known for its role in the 2008 global credit crunch, is fast acquiring a reputation for its volcanoes. For the second year in a row, one of them is disrupting international aviation and the travel plans of summer vacationers. Grimsvotn’s eruptions since Saturday have sent volcanic ash shooting up to a height of 17km and across bits of Europe, with 200 or more flights cancelled on Tuesday. Given last year’s experience, however, carriers and Europe’s air traffic controllers are better equipped to minimize disruptions, according to The Wall Street Journal, which also cited Fitch Ratings as saying that the airlines are in better financial shape this year to cope with this. That may not be of much comfort to those who see carefully drawn up itineraries reduced to unending waits in airport lounges. But perhaps television anchors will be pleased they don’t need to try and pronounce Eyjafjallajokull, which spewed all that ash last year, correctly.
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First Published: Wed, May 25 2011. 12 13 AM IST
More Topics: Quick Edit | Iceland | Volcano | Eyjafjallajokull | Ash |