Who should pay for the volcano disruption?
Recriminations are growing over the costs of the six-day airspace shutdown as thousands of Britons continue their slow journey back to the UK. Who should pay for the cost of this disruption?
Airlines want compensation for the volcanic ash disruption, estimated to have cost the industry more than £1bn. And passengers forced to abandon scheduled flights and fund their own journey home, as well as those still stranded abroad paying hotel and living expenses, are wondering who is going to foot the bill.
Almost all flights across Europe are expected to go ahead on Thursday. Although certain airports in Sweden and Norway were closed again when part of the volcanic ash cloud took an unexpected turn north.
Is it reasonable to expect a budget airline to reimburse such high expenses for a low cost ticket? How can airlines recoup the cost of this disruption? Who do you think should pay the cost of returning passengers to the UK?