Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
19 July 2012 09:42
EasyJet has trialled new ash detection equipment technology
Budget airline easyJet has trialled new ash detection equipment in the wake of the 2010 ash cloud crisis which saw holidaymakers checking the small print of their
travel insurance cover.
The airline fitted Volcanic Object Imaging Detector (Avoid) to its A340-300 for a trial period which came to an end on July 14. A spokesman said tests had been successful in altitudes of up to 40,000ft.
EasyJet rolled out the trial programme with the help of Airbus and Nicarnica Aviation as part of efforts to detect ash at high altitudes.
In the event of volcanic activity at the Stromboli or Etna volcanoes, aircraft was scheduled to be flown above in a bid to detect ash levels.
Another part of the trial also saw aircraft in line to try and pick up on tiny sand particles while flying high above beaches to the west of Morocco.
EasyJet engineering director Ian Davies said easyJet and Airbus predict they may be able to provide support for London 2012 with their Avoid ash detection system.
21 October 2016
A union is warning of travel chaos over the Christmas period at four major UK airports, unless a baggage carrier transfers staff to other companies.
20 October 2016
Thousands of passengers faced travel chaos yesterday after rail service through the Channel Tunnel was suspended because of a power failure.
19 October 2016
People planning holidays from Gatwick Airport in the run up to Christmas could face travel chaos as unions threaten to strike over a pension dispute.
18 October 2016
Eurostar has said it will cut 12 services from London St Pancras to Paris and Brussels.
15 October 2016
Tourists in Thailand are being advised to "behave respectfully" and wear "sombre" clothing as the country mourns King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
14 October 2016
Holidaymakers are being warned to buy currency in advance as exchange rates being offered are as little as 0.96 euro to the pound at airports.
13 October 2016
Scientists say there is strong evidence air pollution and vitamin D deficiency can cause dementia.
12 October 2016
More people are going on holiday than at any time in the past five years despite terror attacks and the impact of Brexit, according to a study.
11 October 2016
People from across North Carolina had to be rescued from their homes as the downgraded Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea - leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
04 October 2016
People travelling abroad is on the rise, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
08 October 2016
A hurricane pelting the coast of Florida and described as a 'monster' by a local official has brought chaos to the state, with flights cancelled, homes evacuated and theme parks shut.
07 October 2016
Low-cost airline easyJet says its profits will nosedive as terrorist attacks and air traffic control strikes are taking their toll on the company.