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20 Apr 2010 00:00 by Candyfloss Star rating in Cardiff / Mar Menor. 1728 posts Send private message

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Just been on the news, all British airports will be open by 10 pm tonight. I do hope so



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20 Apr 2010 21:55 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 7693 posts Send private message


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20 Apr 2010 23:08 by foxbat Star rating in Granada. 1131 posts Send private message

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Willie Walsh sort of forced the issue by swamping LHR with a load of aircraft and having them divert initially to Shannon....

BA084 held in orbit over the irish Sea and IOM for an hour then LHR declared open....likewise BA284 held over N Ireland for an hour....

Apparently took two COBRA meetings with Mr Walsh....

 

 



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20 Apr 2010 23:11 by Annie21 Star rating. 380 posts Send private message

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Looks more hopeful for you then Gina - fingers crossed for you :)





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21 Apr 2010 00:01 by Team GB Star rating. 693 posts Send private message

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Yes Foxbat

Willie did force it, 15 incoming 747s and told you can't land at Heathrow, wow.

It seems to me that the CAA has over ruled NATS and the Met office because in essence the situation regarding the emissions has not changed from last Thursday when all this started, I very much hope that this desicion, although very much welcomed is not going to comprimise safety over commercial intrest.

If not, what a waste, and a complete cock up of peoples lives.

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21 Apr 2010 00:55 by foxbat Star rating in Granada. 1131 posts Send private message

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If indeed WW did apply pressure or blackmail then so be it; but not if it is at the cost of safety.

Seems strange though, because a lot of flights are appearing on the two flight tracker radars (link 1)  and (link 2)  that are not British Airways and these flights too had to have taken off before the announcement was made.

Another strange thing...UK Gov. said the Royal Navy would be used to get people back from Spain; sure enough HMS Albion appeared alonside at Santander picked up the returning troops from Kabul along with 200+ civilians (who might too be ex Kabul) and promptly departed. HMS Ark Royal was supposed to have been used but no announcement has been made anywhere or at any time as to where it would be docking.

In the meantime, the FCO via the website 'ukinspain' gives the following advice..."Stranded in Spain"

Make your way to Calais...do not journey to Santander, Bilbao or Madrid...An advice centre has been set up at Madrid Barajas Airport...seems the only advice forthcoming from them would be 'make your way to Calais...'

Is there do you think the remotest chance that this Government will ever get their act together?

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21 Apr 2010 04:33 by Forhotspot Star rating. 235 posts Send private message

1st flight from Vancouver has arrived at Heathrow today. Let's hope it stays this way & I'll at Heathrow on Sunday.



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21 Apr 2010 04:40 by summer70 Star rating in Granada. 92 posts Send private message

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Willie did force it, 15 incoming 747s and told you can't land at Heathrow, wow.

It seems to me that the CAA has over ruled NATS and the Met office because in essence the situation regarding the emissions has not changed from last Thursday when all this started, I very much hope that this desicion, although very much welcomed is not going to comprimise safety over commercial intrest.

If not, what a waste, and a complete cock up of peoples lives.

S

My thoughts as well, Team GB.

I'm not at all convinced that the correct decisions have been made here.

And I'm married to FB, who disagrees with me on this.  But he's not the one who has to fly in 2 days time.



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21 Apr 2010 09:53 by Candyfloss Star rating in Cardiff / Mar Menor. 1728 posts Send private message

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Thanks Annie

How are you? Did you go over for Easter?



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22 Apr 2010 09:49 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 7693 posts Send private message

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Well, our flight for tomorrow from Murcia is scheduled so, after 6 wonderful weeks, we're going home for a month then out again for a month.

Enjoy your holiday, Gina & Forhotspot.



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22 Apr 2010 09:50 by Annie21 Star rating. 380 posts Send private message

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I'm good Gina thanks. Easter was lovely in spain & actually had good weather for a change.

Hows the flight situation looking for you? This weekend isn't it?





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22 Apr 2010 13:30 by Candyfloss Star rating in Cardiff / Mar Menor. 1728 posts Send private message

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Thanks More I'm sure we will

Glad the weather was good Annie. Yes, looks ok at the moment for Sunday as long as nothing else happens. Checked in online last night so looks as though they are back to normal now and didn't tell me that I had to go to check in desk. Not peaking too soon though LOL



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22 Apr 2010 16:05 by Marksfish Star rating in Sandy, Bedfordshire/.... 2420 posts Send private message

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 What time/ where you flying to Gina? I'm off out to Murcia on Friday, arriving around 7.30pm . Don't care if I can't get back on Monday .

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22 Apr 2010 16:32 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 7693 posts Send private message

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Mark, we fly out of Murcia tomorrow at 1720hrs, we shall miss meeting ... awwww



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22 Apr 2010 16:42 by Marksfish Star rating in Sandy, Bedfordshire/.... 2420 posts Send private message

22 Apr 2010 21:14 by foxbat Star rating in Granada. 1131 posts Send private message

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This from MSN re Compensation for Cancelled Ryanair Flights....

"Thousands of Britons have headed back to the UK as airlines ran near-normal services again following the ash cloud crisis.

Around 2,200 of the hitherto-stranded tourists were sailing back from Bilbao on a new £500 million luxury cruise ship sent out on a rescue mission.

As travellers returned, budget airline Ryanair performed a U-turn on reimbursing passengers.

On Wednesday, the Irish no-frills carrier's chief executive Michael O'Leary said he would reimburse travellers only the original price of their air fare and no more.

But the airline said it would comply with the regulations under which EU airlines are required to reimburse the "reasonable receipted expenses of disrupted passengers".

Both Mr O'Leary and Ryanair stressed that this was not compensation, merely reimbursement. Mr O'Leary said that if claims were not reasonable, they would not be met.

Transport Secretary Lord Adonis welcomed what he described as Ryanair's "revised statement", saying the Government and the Civil Aviation Authority had told Ryanair "in the strongest terms" that they were expected to comply with the EU regulations.

Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Norman Baker had been critical of Mr O'Leary's initial defiance of the regulations.

Later, shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers said a Conservative government "would conduct a wholesale review of the rules governing compensation and travel insurance arrangements for air passengers".



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23 Apr 2010 09:21 by Candyfloss Star rating in Cardiff / Mar Menor. 1728 posts Send private message

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Hi Mark

We are due to fly @ 6.30 Sunday morning to Murcia. Hope all goes well for you The weather forecast looks good too



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23 Apr 2010 11:59 by ads Star rating. 1658 posts Send private message

Has anyone tried to make contact with Ryanair?........from our past experience , it's nigh on impossible (when a return flight from Carcassonne (France) was cancelled due to a lightening strike by airport staff and we had to gain proof in writing from Ryanair that this was a legitimate occurence, albeit not Ryanair's fault). We finished up having to prove to our insurers that Ryanair were totally incommunicado before we could regain our monies. Not a pleasant experience and it was only through sheer determination and through no fault of our own that we gained recompense some five months later.

They are not a company that are particularly renowned for their customer care when things don't go to plan....... Good to see that they have been challenged on this score, but I would be interested to know if people actually do gain return of their monies, given our previous difficulty in making contact with them. Perhaps they have improved their communication system since then?

 





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23 Apr 2010 15:33 by lifeline Star rating in Murcia. 352 posts Send private message

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 Candyfloss,

The weather is great right now starting at about 13 deg. and going up to at least 24! At 22.00 last night it was 19!

 



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23 Apr 2010 19:06 by Karensun Star rating in Orihuela Costa. 1744 posts Send private message

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See you soon Gina...............................late luch? xx



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