Airlines suffer losses due to volcanic ash
The airline industry is demanding that European leaders allow planes to fly again and are accusing European leaders of over-reacting.
Many flights were canceled due to volcanic ash from Iceland. Industry officials claim that the flights banned from Canada to Hong Kong were based on "theory," and there are no facts to prove that the dust can damage planes.
Even though several NATO F-16s have reported engine damage after flying through ash clouds, experts say the newest ash clouds are lower and may cause fewer problems for high-flying aircraft.
Airlines reportedly have suffered a billion dollars in losses due to the Iceland volcano. So far, 63,000 flights have been grounded.