Some EU flights resume but travel chaos not over

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Stranded travelers hoping to get a break from the chaos in the skies over Europe are still finding major problems caused by the volcanic ash cloud hanging over parts of the continent.

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.

LONDON (AP) - Stranded travelers hoping to get a break from the chaos in the skies over Europe are still finding major problems caused by the volcanic ash cloud hanging over parts of the continent.

Many European flights took to the skies today for the first time in days. But London's airports are still shut, a massive flight backlog is growing and scientists are afraid there could be yet another volcanic eruption in Iceland.

London's airports are likely to stay closed until tomorrow, and forecasters say more delays are possible if the dense ash cloud remains over much of the country. Also, German airspace remains officially closed until this evening. A limited number of flights were allowed in at low altitude.

Air traffic officials expect a little over half of the flights in Europe to go ahead today. Eurocontrol predicts close to normal takeoffs by Friday.

But with more than 95,000 flights canceled in the last week alone, airlines face the enormous task of working through the backlog to get passengers where they want to go.
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