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Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on the situation caused by the volcanic ash cloud, said:

"It is good that the lessons from last year’s widespread disruption caused by ash seem to have been learnt. The decision to allow individual airlines to make the decision on whether to fly in ash cloud conditions, subject to CAA approval and a risk assessment, is the right balance to strike.

"Passengers do understand that safety must come first, however frustrating and disruptive to their plans. However, they also expect the Government to work with airlines and airport operators to ensure they are kept properly informed and assistance is available if their travel plans are disrupted.

"If the situation worsens, the Government must make sure there is no repeat of the appalling situation caused by their handling of the severe winter weather when passengers were left stranded and without adequate assistance for several nights in airport terminals."

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