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CITY VIEWS: HAVE THE AVIATION AUTHORITIES OVER-REACTED?

RICHARD TAYLOR | WATKINS SYNDICATE
“Yes they are over-reacting. The airlines are already doing test flights, which have been fine. The stoppage is disruptive to a large extent, and is slowing business down. Some companies are saying they might go bankrupt as a result.”

JAMES SPENCER | ANGLO IRISH BANK
“They have not over-reacted because passenger safety is paramount and until they know for sure that planes can fly again, they should be grounded. The test flights are an encouraging sign that it isn’t as bad as they thought.”

JOHN WATSON | LLOYDS BANKING GROUP
“The authorities are over-reacting. If other European countries are flying again, why are we the only ones who are shut? This has cost the economy millions of pounds a day and there are a lot of people stuck at the moment.”