The British-Icelanders travel agency Capital One, which has offices in London, Dublin and Belfast, has called on Iceland’s government to extend the restrictions on UK-bound travellers in the wake of the devastating earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that have struck the country in recent months.
“We would like to extend our condolences to the people and families of Iceland, but also to the British government,” a spokesperson told Al Jazeera.
“While we know the scale of the devastation and the severity of the situation, we believe that the Icelandic people need a much greater measure of protection in the short term to ensure the safety of their people and property.”
The UK-based company, which operates its own flights, hotels and other travel services in the UK, Ireland and Iceland, said the Icelandic government needs to take more action in the coming days.
“This is a significant time for the Icelandic economy and we would like the government of Iceland to do more to help, not just in the immediate days but also in the longer term,” the spokesperson added.
Iceland’s Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson has previously called for extra security measures to be put in place, with his spokesman saying that the country was in contact with UK authorities.”
There is a real need for further measures to address the situation.”
Iceland’s Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson has previously called for extra security measures to be put in place, with his spokesman saying that the country was in contact with UK authorities.
On Tuesday, Benediktsson called for the UK to suspend its planned closure of its airspace to Iceland until further warning and safety measures were in place.
“The UK Government must urgently consider the impact of these conditions and take action now to ensure that Iceland has the necessary time and capacity to plan for the worst-case scenario,” Benediktis said.
Iceland has experienced a series of earthquakes, volcanic erusts and other catastrophic events in recent years.
In March, the country’s prime minister, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, declared a state of emergency after the eruption of Mount Katmandu.
A series of volcanic eruoms have hit Iceland in recent days, including one that left more than 5,000 people dead in Reykjavik in April.
In May, the Icelandic Parliament approved a motion calling for the closure of airspace to the country.