This spring’s Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption underlined the importance of more coordinated aviation regulations in Europe, according to Daniel Calleja, responsible for aviation at the European Commission. Visir.is reports this today.
Eyjafjallajökull. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Calleja, along with a number of experts in the field of aviation from all over the world, is a guest at a convention hosted at Keilir, near the Keflavik International Airport. Its goal is to identify the lessons learned from the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption and its impact on aviation.
Approximately 250 people are attending the convention which is being hosted in collaboration with the Icelandic President, local ministries and institutes pertaining to aviation, universities and associations, in addition to a number of European and international institutions.
The convention began yesterday and ends today. Many of the experts agree that the handling of the eruption had been quite successful. A great deal of data has been gathered and is now being processed. The goal is to further improve crisis reactions.
According to Calleja, the eruption and the flight ban in Europe from April 15-21, during which approximately 100,000 flights had to be cancelled, affected ten million passengers.
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