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It was later discovered that the levels of ash in the sky were not significant enough to have caused as much chaos as it did.
But this second flight ban angered the travel industry more than it did the passengers. Willie Walsh, the British Airways chief executive, spoke out about the huge financial losses that airlines had suffered as a result of the "gross over-reaction to a very minor risk".
He said: "BA has already lost about £100 million because of the volcanic ash cloud."
And Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic described the incident as "beyond a joke".
Nats, the air traffic control company stated: "As a result of this change, there are no predicted restrictions on UK airspace in the immediate future."
That news, coupled with the BA strikes being called off should spell happy travels for many passengers. But have these changes simply been rushed through to prevent airlines losing more money? Is safety being compromised for profit?
What do you think? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.