KLM: More Euro Test FlightsApril 18, 2010 - 8:55 AM | by: Greg Palkot
Fox News has learned more test flights relating to ash cloud safety fears have been completed Sunday.
Dutch air carrier KLM tells Fox News it hopes to resume flights “as soon as possible.”
KLM spokesperson Ellen van Ginkel tells us there were “no irregularities” observed connected to the ash cloud following a test flight it ran Saturday at normal altitudes over Holland.
Van Ginkel reveals to Fox News that some of the 9 test flights it is running today from Duesseldorf Germany to Amsterdam have been completed and will later today detail the results.
KLM tells us they are waiting on permission from EuroControl the EU body regulating air travel in Europe for “permission to fly.”
An official from Eurocontrol tells Fox News they are still examining engine data from yesterday’s KLM flight before they make a pronouncement.
Fox News has been told by an aviation source that German carrier Lufthansa continues to aggressively test flight safety over Europe as well. It has been reported Lufthansa ran successful low altitude flights yesterday.
Much of the airspace over Europe remains closed due to safety fears relating to the volcanic ash cloud from Icelland Travel curtailment however is costing airlines hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition to disruption to travel there are new concerns that airlines might need government bail outs if the restrictions continue.
Additionally there are some questions Sunday whether safety concerns relating to the ash cloud are overblown. UK travel expert Simon Calder asked a BBC questioner today whether the ash cloud worries might turn into the “Swine Flu” of aviation. (Health dangers regarding the recent Swine Flu outbreak did not reach levels feared).