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UK airspace shut by Iceland volcano ash cloud could reopen tomorrow | World news | guardian.co.uk

UK airspace may reopen at 7am tomorrow morning, air traffic controllers said this afternoon amid rising hopes that some commercial flights could resume earlier than expected.

There had been fears that no-fly zones could remain in place across parts of Europe for much of the week because of the ash plume caused by the volcanic explosion in Iceland on Wednesday.

Over 20 countries have airspace restrictions, many banning all non-emergency flights but commercial operators, including British Airways, KLM and Air France, have carried out or plan test flights without passengers.

European transport ministers are planning a video conference tomorrow to discuss the results. Gordon Brown is to chair an emergency meeting of ministers at 5pm tonight to discuss the crisis.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
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