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A glance at flight disruptions due to volcanic ash

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A cloud of ash rising from a volcano in Iceland has shut down most European airports for a fifth day. Britain has sent Royal Navy warships to rescue those stranded across the Channel.

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By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Monday, April 19, 2010; 5:32 PM

-- three klm passenger planes left schiphol airport in amsterdam on monday evening during daylight under visual flight rules bound for new york, dubai and shanghai. Airlines in Europe are expected to fly between 8,000 and 9,000 of the 28,000 scheduled flights Monday because of a flying ban in major parts of Europe, the Eurocontrol air traffic control agency said.

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Airspace in southern Europe - including Portugal, Spain, parts of Italy, France, the Balkans, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, and parts of northern Europe - is open. Upper airspace is available in some areas but difficult to access.

U.K.: All airspace closed until at least 0100 GMT Tuesday (9 p.m. EDT Monday).

Ireland: Airports will resume limited services at 0400 GMT Tuesday (midnight EDT). Irish Airline Aer Lingus hopes to resume a normal timetable after 1300 GMT (9 a.m. EDT).

France: Flights from the Paris airports to some cities in southern France - including Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille and Nice - are to resume starting at 0600 GMT (12 a.m. EDT) Tuesday.

Germany: Airspace closed for regular flights until Tuesday at 1200 GMT (8 a.m. EDT). However, airlines were permitted to operate a limited number of passenger flights Monday under so-called visual flight rules, meaning that they had to fly at low levels in German airspace.

Austria: Austria reopened its airspace. Permission to resume takeoffs and landings took effect at 0300 GMT Monday (11 p.m. EDT Sunday), but unclear if airspace will remain open all day. Many flights remain canceled.

Belgium: Belgian airspace remains closed until at least 0600 GMT (12 a.m. EDT) Monday.

The Netherlands: Three KLM passenger planes leaft Schiphol airport in Amsterdam on Monday evening during daylight under visual flight rules bound for New York, Dubai and Shanghai.

Switzerland: Airspace closed for flights relying on instruments until at least 0600 GMT (2 a.m. EDT) Tuesday. Planes can fly over Switzerland at altitudes above 21,000 feet (6,400 meters). Federal Office of Civil Aviation expects a second ash cloud to reach the country later Monday.

Italy: Airspace in northern Italy closed until 0600 GMT (2 a.m. EDT) Tuesday, when airspace will be gradually opened, beginning with domestic north-south and south-north flights.

Spain: Reopened all its airports at 1330 GMT Sunday (10:30 a.m. EDT).


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