European air traffic is set to return to normal levels on Thursday after a week of disruption caused by a volcanic ash cloud.
Eurocontrol, the body responsible for managing Europe’s airspace, expects up to 29,000 flights to take off.
But the misery continues for travellers in Scandinavia where several airports in Norway and Sweden remain closed.
A change in wind direction means the volcanic ash is drifting northwards after locking European airspace for six days.
Experts in Iceland say the eruptions from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano are becoming less intense and less ash is being spewn out.
Authorities fear that the recent volcanic activity in the region could trigger nearby Katla to erupt as well.
It last erupted in 1918 and is considered to be more dangerous than Eyjafjallajokull.