Del. North felt ash impact down under

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 23, 2010 at 7:29 AM EDT

By Business First of Buffalo - by David Bertola


Del. North felt ash impact down under

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 23, 2010 at 7:29 AM EDT

For nearly a week, while a volcano in Iceland grounded flights throughout Europe, at least one local company felt an impact of the volcanic ash cloud that affected some 7 million air travelers.

And it's being affected on a third continent, Australia.

Buffalo-based Delaware North Cos. Inc. operates multiple restaurants and other operations in Sydney Airport.

Company spokesman Glen White said restaurants and operations have dipped an estimated 10 percent to 15 percent at Sydney Airport. He did not disclose dollar figures. "The impact on our overall operation hasn't been as significant because we only have a few restaurants in airports in Europe," he said.

The Web site for Tasmanian newspaper The Examiner said Qantas canceled flights to Europe and Singapore Airlines advised passengers scheduled to take flights leaving Sydney for closed airports in Europe not to go to Sydney Airport.

Delaware North also has operations in London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports, as well as at an airport in Edinburgh, Scotland.

"Much of our operations at UK restaurants were closed for several days," White said. "At Heathrow, we were hoping to re-start operations today at Dining Street Restaurant."

Dining Street opened last October and offers a traditional British menu.

CNN reported April 20 that Heathrow Airport had been closed early in the week due to the ash from Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland's erupting volcano, which was blowing toward Britain and keeping planes on the ground.

Delaware North is the region's second-largest private company, reporting 2008 revenues of $2.2 billion.