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Europe facing more air chaos


Flights across much of Europe face continuing disruption for a second day due to drifting ash from Iceland’s erupting volcano.
Hundreds of thousands of passengers have had to abandon travel plans.
Airspace over Ireland, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway Finland, Estonia, northern France and parts of Germany, has been declared a no-fly zone.
From Heathrow in the UK, Mark Davis sent this report: “There is a strange, rather spooky atmosphere here in Heathrow airport, which, on any other day would be teeming with people, cars, and planes taking off or landing. We found out this morning that not one plane will land, not one plane will take off from any English airport including Heathrow until at least 0100BST tomorrow morning at the earliest.
“Earlier, we visited some of the terminals at Heathrow. On a normal day, these terminals would be teeming with people. What we found was a handful, a few dozen, would-be passengers in each terminal, all rather fed-up looking, and they told us they had turned up more in hope than in expectation.“ 
Brussels airport is closed along with 24 airports in northern France, including the main hub of Paris, Charles de Gaulle. Germany’s Berlin and Hamburg airports were shutdown last night. Frankfurt closed this morning.
With air travel over northern Europe effectively ruled out, some airlines have also had to cancel long-haul flights.
There is one glimmer of hope though. Sweden has reopened part of its northern airspace and restrictions further south will be gradually lifted, officials say.  

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