increasing airfaresThe Wall Street Journal reports that airfares to and from Europe may rise in the wake of the volcanic-ash disruption that caused European airports to shut down earlier this month, adding steam to already rising fares this year.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research, a United Kingdom-based economics consultancy, said in a report released Monday that airfares in Europe are likely to rise 5.2% in 2010 from the year earlier due to rising oil prices and airlines trying to mitigate the financial harm of the volcanic crisis.

According to the report, the average ticket in 2010 on British Airways between London and New York would jump to $831, an increase of approximately $41 compared to today’s average price.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • New rules for airlines went into effect today that are designed to prevent long waits on the tarmac without food and water.  By now everyone has heard the horror stories from passengers that have had to  sit on the runway for up to 11 hours without the basic necessities.  The airlines face stiff fines if they leave passengers sitting on the tarmac for more than 3 hours.  We’ll see how the new rules improve the situation – or if they simply cause more flights to be canceled.
  • Reuters reports that LaGuardia Airport, one of the busiest airports in the United States, serving about 26 million passengers a year, is so outdated that it should be completely demolished and rebuilt.
  • The New York Times reported today that the European Union will lift its ban on liquids in air passengers’ hand luggage by 2013 as part of a plan to harmonize and simplify airport security screening procedures that have been a source of confusion and delay for millions of travelers.  According to the E.U. Transport Commission,the new system will require European airports to install new technology at checkpoints capable of detecting liquid explosives.  Hopefully the U.S. is not far behind.