6 May 2010

Europe ministers work on airspace changes

7:07 am on 6 May 2010

European transport ministers have agreed to work on measures they say will help prevent further disruption to air travel as a result of volcanic ash.

The measures include speeding up current plans to integrate Europe's airspace, effectively creating a single European regulator for a single European sky.

The European Commission will also draw up guidelines to allow national governments to compensate airlines.

The International Air Transport Association estimates last month's six-day shutdown cost the industry $US2 billion.

The association's director general, Giovanni Bisignani, says governments should foot the bill because they shut the airspace.