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European skies clear of ash

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Things are heading back to normal in European skies after the chaos caused again this weekend by the ash from the erupting Icelandic volcano.
Some 200 flights were still being affected in Portugal on Monday, but the vast majority of Europe’s average figure of 29,000 daily flights are returning to the air.

It is a bit of worry for the Portugese, who are getting excited ahead of a four-day papal visit and are wondering if Pope Benedict will be able to fly in tomorrow without any diversions or problems.

As long as seismic activity continues in Iceland the problem will be Europe’s unless winds change their direction. Italian, Spanish, Scottish and northern Irish airports could again be under pressure to close tomorrow or the day after.

Rain in France has helped clear the skies there, but ash is still piling up in the atmosphere forcing the diversion of many of the flights allowed to go ahead.