As we near the end of 2010 (where on earth did 2010 go!) we take a look back at some of the biggest stories that happened in travel this year;
That Ash Cloud - OK so we still can’t pronounce the name of that volcano in Iceland that produced so much volcanic ash back in April. But we certainly remember the inconvenience and disruption that Eyjafjallajökull caused as the ash clouds in the European and North Atlantic airspace prevented thousands of flights and stranded millions of travelers across the world.
Volcanoes – 2010 seemed to be the year of the volcano with several others volcanoes also erupting and fresh volcanic activity on Mt Bromo in East Java, Indonesia is currently grounding flights between Australia and Bali.
Body Scanners – Introduced in 2010, the full body scanners caused great debate. The scanners are in use at various airports and take an x-ray scan of the complete naked body, leaving absolutely nothing to hide!
Snow and Ice – Much of Europe is currently struggling to cope with snow, ice and prolonged sub-zero temperatures which has closed some of Europe busiest airports, including Heathrow. Thousands of flights have been cancelled in the UK causing many people to miss their Christmas getaways. Flights have also been cancelled at Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Paris, Florence and Pisa. Rail travel is also affected with Eurostar and local UK rail services struggling to cope.
Strikes – Several high profile airlines staged strikes in 2010 including British Airways, American Airlines and Spirit Airlines. The air traffic controllers of Spain, France and Greece also decided to stage strikes for a brief period.
Charges – Despite a global recession airlines have been finding new ways to increase charges for add-ons and extras although Ryanair suggested a new low; charging for each toilet use! It remains to be seen whether it will actually be implemented or whether it was just a publicity stunt.