Flights Slowly Returning to Normal - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Flights Slowly Returning to Normal

Published April 20, 2010

Flights over Europe are slowly returning to a normal, even as ash continues to waft through the skies.
Iceland Express announced earlier today that it was resuming flights to Copenhagen, for example. Airports in Sweden, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Italy and Spain have also re-opened.
While airports in Scotland and in northern England have also re-opened, airports in London remain closed. Ireland and Germany hopes to open more flights later on today. Air France said it would open flights tomorrow.
Iceland Express has also resumed flights to Glasgow, Seville, Alicante, Tenirife, Stockholm, Oslo and Ediinburgh.
Many airlines have asked for damages from their respective governments for profits lossed due to the downtime. British Airways, for example, is asking for resitution from both the British government and the European Union, as did German airlines the day before yesterday.
The director of British Airways told the BBC that over the past weekend, his and other airlines have shown that the airflight ban was unnecessary, saying that the airlines themselves know best with regards to when it is safe to fly.

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