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A Fiasco of Volcanic Proportions? Eyjafjallaj�kull and the Closure of European Airspace

Budd, L and Griggs, S and Howarth, D and Ison, S (2011) 'A Fiasco of Volcanic Proportions? Eyjafjallaj�kull and the Closure of European Airspace.' Mobilities, 6 (1). pp. 31-40. ISSN 1745-0101

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The unprecedented and recurrent closure of much of UK and northern European airspace from 14 April 2010, following the eruption of Iceland?s Eyjafjallaj�kull volcano, caused the cancellation of 108,000 flights, disrupted the travel plans of 10.5 million passengers, and cost the airline industry in excess of $1.7 billion in lost revenue. The airspace closures highlighted the inherent riskiness of aviation and destabilised dominant cultural discourses of the ?superiority? and capability of aviation technology. It also brought issues of risk acceptability and our socio-economic reliance on air travel into sharp relief. This paper explores how the political and media framing of the response to the airspace closures as a human ?policy fiasco? served to obfuscate the inherent dangers of aviation and ?get Europe flying? again. Thus, this paper contends that this particular fiasco was ?necessary? in that it served to highlight the fragility of air travel and the vulnerabilities of the mobile citizen.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Airspace; Eyjafjallaj�kull; air travel; policy fiasco
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2014 15:38
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:24

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