So, the only airport open in the UK recently during the Volcanic Ash crisis was the one down at Mens Pants (aka Penzance). Flights to the Scillies were going albeit intermittently.
But the Ash did affect us down here in a couple of ways – not only were our cars covered in a layer of incredibly fine powder but we had some guests who ended up having to cancel… Not because they couldn’t get down here from somewhere else in the UK, but because the poor husband was stranded in Mumbai Airport for nearly 8 days! What rotten luck. We felt very upset for his wife – heavily pregnant and at home having to get everything sorted out. This was to be their last break before the baby was born. Naturally we refunded the couple’s deposit without question.
But as the old saying goes, what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts. Within hours of the blanket ban on air travel (excluding Mens Pants), we took two additional bookings – one set of guests who were originally planning a short break in Portugal, and the other set (bless them), were supposed to be honeymooning in the Maldives and ended up in Cornwall instead. We tried to make both breaks here extra-special, given the circs…
It’s great news that air traffic control has opened up our airspace again. Let’s hope that the volcano doesn’t start grumbling again. Fingers crossed also for those poor folks in America having to cope with teh recent crude oil spliiage. Let’s hope that the winds change and teh coast is not too poluted.