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Should We Stay or Should We Go?

The flying ban over the UK airspace has eventually been lifted. Has the ban been for a very good reason or has it been a waste of time?

British Airways boss was livid with the ban as many of their flights were grounded and caused the company to lose a lot of money, he said, 'I don't believe it was necessary to impose a blanket ban on all UK airspace last Thursday.'

It is believed that the CAA and all other regulating bodies put this into place for a very good reason. The ash hovering above our airspace could have caused engines from aeroplanes to fail with fatal and devastating consequences.

As many people have been stranded all over the world there has been a high demand for other forms of transport such as cars, coaches, trains and ferries, all of which have been fully booked or companies are asking ridiculous prices for them.

Cheap Balearic Island holidays may not seem to be so discounted now for the passengers who were lucky enough to find them as many of the passengers stranded here will have to find other forms of travel to get home and from these islands off the coast of Spain may demonstrate how hard it could be.

Passengers that are stuck abroad and that have booked holidays and business independently, i.e. flights and accommodation all booked separately, have been left to there own devices to try and return home, however, passengers booked with package tour operators have been looked after very well.

A couple who spent the Easter school holidays in the Dominican Republic booking through the major UK tour operator, Thomson, have understandably had to change hotel, all the same they have been provided with an all inclusive package in the new hotel mirroring the holiday they had booked and taken.

These passengers are exceptionally pleased with the service that Thomson have given them and have said 'There are certainly worse places to be stranded, however if we had booked everything separately, who knows where we would be now.'

The new thought on the holiday market now is if there is going to be a boom in holiday prices with so many airlines losing money or will it turn the other way and we will see many cheap Balearic Island holidays and cheap Spanish holidays on the go to encourage passengers to travel again?

Either way, this ban on airspace, even though it is now lifted, will have a knock on effect for months to come.