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Ash-bound businesses to get help. Trade and Industry minister could give financial aid. Businesses affected by the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland could be thrown a governmental lifeline today.   Labour’s Trade and Industry Minister, Trond Giske, has called representatives in from several industries for a meeting at 16:00 to discuss solutions.

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Ash-bound businesses to get help

Published on Tuesday, 20th April, 2010 at 11:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 20th April 2010 at 11:52.

Trade and Industry minister could give financial aid.

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Businesses affected by the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland could be thrown a governmental lifeline today.  

Labour’s Trade and Industry Minister, Trond Giske, has called representatives in from several industries for a meeting at 16:00 to discuss solutions.

The no-fly restrictions have meant airlines are losing about 100 million kroner a day. According to Dagens Næringsliv, ticket sales have almost completely dried up.

Widerøe has also sent out layoff notices to 600 of its ground staff, effective from tomorrow.

NTB reports officials from both the airlines and the Federation of Norwegian Aviation Industries (NHO Luftfart), arrived on the doorstep of Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa – the Centre Party’s (Sp) Transport and Communications Minister – earlier today, begging for emergency financial aid.

Lars Kobbestad, the Federation’s Chairman – one of the businesses attending today’s meeting with Giske – says they’d like to see aviation taxes set to zero for a short, transitional period.

“It’s the most appropriate, because this type of move will affect everyone in the industry equally.”

Giske has already signalled the government could be willing step in with a financial aid package, particularly in the case of hotels and carriers, if the situation turns out to be long-term.




Published on Tuesday, 20th April, 2010 at 11:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 20th April 2010 at 11:52.

This post has the following tags: iceland, eyjafjallajoekull, volcano, eruption, airspace, closures, norway, avinor, civil, aviation, authority, trond, giske, magnhild, meltveit, kleppa.





  
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