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Ash cloud returns to frustrate Europe's flyers

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Ash cloud returns to frustrate Europe's flyers


Thousands of European air travellers again find themselves stranded because of Icelandic volcanic ash.

Up to 500 flights have had to be cancelled across the continent.

Italy’s Milan Malpensa airport was closed on Sunday morning before reopening at lunchtime as the ash cloud dissipated. Around 200 planes were unable to take off or land.

In Portugal’s second city, Porto, all flights have been suspended until at least Monday morning.

It is a similar story in northern Spain, where three Galician airports are closed. Flights in and out of Barcelona have resumed after being suspended on Saturday amid fears the volcanic ash could cause planes’ engines to stop.

And in Germany there was disruption at Europe’s third busiest airport in Frankfurt, where 29 flights were grounded. Travellers in and out of Stuttgart and Munich as well as the Austrian cities of Vienna, Innsbruck and Salzburg were also set to wait overnight until air traffic can resume.

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