STRANDED travellers gave certain European airport hotels a much needed boost to business last week to figures released last night by STR Global, though the impact has been short-lived as people either moved on or found somewhere better to stay. Revenue at Gatwick was up by 40 percent, Amsterdam Schiphol (+69 percent), Heathrow (+70 percent), Stockholm Arlanda (+75 percent), Brussels Airport and its surroundings (+137 percent) and Frankfurt Rhein-Main Airport (+369 percent) for the week April 11-17. Meanwhile, European travel remains in chaos as the ash cloud caused by an Icelandic volcano forced airport closures across the continent. Some major airports are due to open later today (AEST) but there are reports of further eruptions – and aircraft-debilitating ash – on the way.
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