April 19, 2010
Some European airports have reopened to limited traffic today, after volcanic ash from a volcano in Iceland forced closures and grounded flights.
In Austria and Stockholm, airports were reopened for limited air traffic but many of the flights remain cancelled. Finland opened Tampere and Turku airports but kept its main airport Helsinki shut.
Authorities in Germany and the Netherlands said their airspace is still closed.
Civil aviation authorities in Britain say flight restrictions in the country’s airspace will remain in effect until at least early Tuesday, according to ABC News.
On the weekend, several major airlines safely tested the skies with weekend flights that did not carry passengers, despite warnings from meteorologists that the clouds of volcanic ash are still unpredictable and potentially dangerous.
European ministers affected by the crisis will meet today to coordinate efforts to reopen airspace.