Nick Cann, chief executive of the Institute of Financial Planning (IFP), has been forced to cancel a work-related trip to Taiwan as the ash cloud spewed out by an Iceland volcano continues to wreak travel chaos.
Cann was due to travel to Taipei via Hong Kong on 16 April with IFP president Barry Horner to attend a meeting of the Financial Planning Standards Board (FPSB) International Council.
He rescheduled the flight for tonight but this has also been cancelled. Cann will now not be attending the event.
"What a nightmare. First they give us their banks to mess us up and now they send us their ash clouds to paralyse our airports," Cann says.
"Iceland really is doing well with its PR at the moment. I bet if you went into one of their shops for one of their party packs of frozen "food" you would end up with a tummy bug or, at best, still be hungry!"
Cann says FPSB members had been investigating other options for the meeting, including taking a cross-European train to a country where the airports are in operation.
The volcanic ash, which has blanketed the skies over most of Europe for the last four days, has grounded almost all European air traffic, stranding travellers.
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