France: EU poised to resume limited air traffic

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
European transport officials have carved up the sky, creating three zones to break the flight deadlock caused by a cloud of volcanic ash flowing from Iceland over Europe.

The Associated Press
Travelers wait at the closed international Airport in Duesseldorf, Germany on Friday. Most countries in northern Europe suspended their air traffic due to ash clouds from the volcanic eruption in Iceland.

PARIS (AP) - European transport officials have carved up the sky, creating three zones to break the flight deadlock caused by a cloud of volcanic ash flowing from Iceland over Europe.

France said Monday that European countries can resume airline traffic in designated “caution zones” where the threat of ash is considered less dangerous.

Under the accord, one area - defined by the European air traffic control agency Eurocontrol - will remain entirely off limits to flights. Another area will be open to all flights and a third area will be a caution zone in which some flights will be allowed.

Jean-Louis Borloo, the No. 2 French Cabinet official, says flights in the caution zone will be “very secure” with many tests on engines.
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