Some people think that Johnson's statement was ill-advised, since travelers will now exclude London as a destination for business or pleasure. But if you're a location-independent employee who can and will work from anywhere and enjoys vacationing in the UK, summer tickets to Heathrow are about to become extremely attractive. That's on top of the downward pressure already being exerted on European ticket prices, since people don't really want to vacation in a place where an exploding volcano can keep them endlessly trapped. Thank you, overly chatty mayor of London.
So far airlines have lost over one billion dollars, the result of canceling over 100,000 flights. Thousands of travelers are still stranded, and no one really knows when they'll be coming home. Again from the AP: "We've never had a backlog like this before." Knowing how well European governments responded to the eruptionand by "well" we mean "poorly"we're kind of hoping that they have some capable help in cleaning up this mess.
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