France Announces 260mln Euros Loss in Volcanic Ash Trouble
    2010-04-27 04:07:21     Xinhua      Web Editor: Liu Donghui
 
The disruption of civil aviation due to volcanic ash clouds from Iceland has cost France 260 million euros (346.6 million U.S. dollars) in sectors of air traffic and tourism, French State Secretary for Tourism Herve Novelli announced Monday.

The volcanic ash trouble caused a 188-million-euro loss for civil aviation companies, 31 million euros for tour operators and 40 million euros for travel agencies, Novelli told a news conference here.

His announcement came after the second meeting about the loss evaluation of the aviation crisis in the two sectors impacted by the late trouble of the volcanic ash clouds.

During a meeting on Tuesday, Novelli released an estimation of 200 million euros' loss resulted from the eruption of Iceland volcano.

Last week, the airlines trade group International Air Transport Association revised its estimation of economic loss suffered by most European airways up to 1.7 billion U.S. dollars.

The eruption of the Iceland volcano at the summit of Eyjafjallajokull glacier on April 14 had issued massive ash clouds over much of European countries, and thus forced airports in these countries to be closed for five days.

Till now, there remain passenger backlog scattering across the world, but almost all European airports have gradually regained normality since last Thursday.

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