CAA chief warns over industry disaster planning

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The aviation industry is not significantly better prepared in identifying and responding to one-off events than it was before the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010, according to the chief executive of the UK's Civil Aviation Authority.

Speaking at the Airline Business World Air Forum in Amsterdam, Andrew Haines called for "total collaboration" between airlines and airports to identify, investigate and respond to potential threats to the industry from one-off events before they happen.

He said that the industry was "woefully under-prepared" to deal with the disruption caused by last year's eruption, and warned that unless significant progress was made, passengers would not be as tolerant in future should a similar event occur.