Saturday, November 6, 2010

Blue Skies Looses Thousands in Ash Cloud


Accra, Ghana (TNBES) The leading juice manufacturing Company, Blue Skies in Accra, Ghana has revealed that it has registered a loss of over $400, 000 during the cause of the Icelandic Ash Cloud, which grounded European air planes for almost a week.

Blue Skies told Ghana TV on Sunday that it has lost $400, 000 from 15th to 18th April, 2010 as the company exports a hundred thousand dollars worth of juice to  the United Kingdom on a daily basis. A process that was halted by a European air travel ban due to the volcano that erupted in Iceland on 18th April, 2010.


The company is the largest natural juice manufacturer in Ghana, with thousands of tons bound for the UK marked everyday. The flight ban that was lifted on Wednesday 21st April saw Blue Skies turning
primarily to the local market in its production, supply and sale.

However, airports across Europe were fully operational on Thursday April 22, 2010 and this means that the Juice Manufacturing Company further recorded an additional loss of $300, 000.

Meanwhile, the flight ban across Europe for nearly one week soon became an economic burden across the world as the aviation industries, travelers, importers; exporters amongst others experienced great financial losses due to what has been regarded by others as an exaggerated event, arguing that the so-called ash cloud was in fact invisible in most places in Europe.

However, others were of the view that it was not safe for air planes to fly, citing that the “stubborn ash cloud” has done a little damage to aeroplanes that were used to experiment the level of threat posed by the volcano regarding air traffic.

In Banjul, The Gambia, a number of flights from Europe were cancelled on Friday 19th through Wednesday 21st April, 2010, as well as flights bound for Europe. Travellers heading to Europe were left stranded for days, awaiting judgment to be passes by European experts regarding flight safety standards.

“This reminded us that we cannot control or predict nature,” International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) Consultant, Susan Sharaf told our news editor in an email, having been stranded for six days in Germany
on her way to Ghana. Vol:2 Issn:168

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