Europe’s transport ministers have spent the day thrashing out an agreement to reduce the size of the no-fly zone currently in place.
It comes amid scathing criticism from the head of the International Air Transport Association, who criticised European governments for their handling of the crisis.
French Prime Minister Francois Fillon announced that air traffic will slowly resume from 8am on Tuesday. Meanwhile airspace over Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England is set to open tomorrow from 7am.
The long-awaited announcement that many grounded fleets will soon get lift off should provide some comfort for the seven million passengers stranded all over the globe. But airlines will continue to feel the shockwaves for much longer. The five day flight lockdown has crippled the aviation industry economically.