ITV Meridian's News Editor, Adam Clark, spoke to Richard Caddy - one of the passengers caught up in dramatic situation when an easyJet plane had to make an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport following a technical fault which led to smoke onboard.
EasyJet said it is putting its contingency plans into action following a volcanic eruption in Iceland.
"As things stand there are no changes to easyJet's flying programme, including flights to and from Iceland," a spokesperson for the airline said. The budget airline said it is using specialist technology to ensure any ash created by the eruption is detected and chartered.
The Met Office has been in "close contact" with Iceland's Meterological Office, after it issued a red alert for the country's Bardabunga volcano which began erupting today. A spokeswoman said:
Video. Easyjet says it will create 200 new jobs - with the launch of new services from Gatwick. The airline bought slots from rival Flybe which is pulling out of Gatwick to cut costs.
Easyjet is targeting business travellers with flights to Brussels and Strasbourg among others. The airline says the new routes will carry more than one million extra passengers.
It's part of a strategy to change Gatwick's image as mainly an airport for holidaymakers. Malcolm Shaw has our report.
London Gatwick saw four million passengers use the airport this August, which is up by nearly 200,000 compared to last year.
Passengers flying to European destinations continued to grow with over three million passengers choosing to fly from the airport.
The top European destinations were Spain, Italy and Greece.
A new route to Moscow with easyJet proved to be popular with over 19,000 passengers flying there from London Gatwick in August.
Long haul flights to Dubai and Vietnam also grew in popularity.
It is just "a matter of time" before another volcano in Iceland erupts - disrupting flights over here in the UK, and the rest of Europe once again That is the view of experts from the South who are developing a system for aeroplanes that will detect ash in the sky.
Back in 2010, most airline services in the region, and much of the UK were grounded because of a drifting Icelandic ash cloud following a volcanic eruption. Mike Pearse reports.
EasyJet and its partners Airbus and Nicarnica are planning the final stage of testing for the AVOID technology. Over the weekend they flew back a tonne of volcanic ash from Iceland collected by the Institute of Earth Sciences in Reykjavik. It will be used for testing by Airbus & Oxford University.
The ash, dried to create the consistency of fine talc, will be used in a unique experiment which is planned for this summer. T
The next phase of testing will involve two Airbus test planes, one of which has the ability to disperse the ash into the atmosphere, thereby creating an artificial ash cloud for a second Airbus test aircraft with the AVOID technology fitted to detect and avoid at over 30,000ft.
Experts say it is just "a matter of time" before another volcano in Iceland erupts with the potential to cause major disruption to flights like in 2010. Then most services in Europe were grounded for a total of eight days causing misery to millions of people.
The problem is that when a volcano explodes it can send millions of ash particles into the air causing a cloud. If a plane flies into it engines can be badly affected and even stop.
So now Easyjet and Airbus are developing a system called AVOID that would better detect ash in the sky. Planes would be fitted with sensors that detect it and they would be directed around the ash by air controllers.
Airlines say it is a much better alternative to the current system which is to ground flights over a wide area. The sensors feed back information from the system which is added to data from satellites.
The aim is to keep more planes flying and reduce the type of disruption in 2010.
Since then easyJet have been leading the industry research into the problem. They say by developing a system that identifies where the ash is in the sky will enable planes to keep flying without the need to close larger areas of our skis to planes.
Instead airspace closures could be targeted to where the clouds of ash are rather than the current system of closures over a wider area. Meanwhile experts at Oxford University are researching the effect of the ash and why volcanos are erupting more frequently than ever before.
Global warming is thought to be part of the reason. Ash brought back from Iceland at the weekend will be analysed as part of the research.