| GEO World|
| IATA slams Europe's handling of volcanic ash crisis|
| Updated at: 1455 PST, Tuesday, May 18, 2010|
GENEVA: Aviation association IATA criticised European governments on Tuesday over the volcanic ash crisis, saying that they were making neither effective nor consistent decisions on airspace restrictions.
"The current European-wide system to decide on airspace closures is not working," said Giovanni Bisignani, the director-general of the International Air Transport Association.
"We have lost confidence in the ability of Europe's governments to make effective and consistent decisions. Using the same data, different countries have come to different conclusions on opening or closing airspace," he added.
Plumes of thick ash from Iceland's Eyjafjoell volcano, which in April shut down much of Europe's airspace for a week last month, drifted over the continent Monday, closing major airports again and cancelling some 1,000 flights.