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Germany reopens several airports for some flights | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 18.04.2010
Germany's aviation authorities have temporarily opened several airports for some flights. Most of Europe's airspace however, remains shut down throughout Sunday.  

Stranded travellers around the world faced a fourth day of chaos Sunday as Europe's volcanic ash continued to ground flights. German airspace was set to remain closed until 8 p.m. local time (1800 UTC).

However, over the course of the afternoon, eastbound flights from Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Erfurt and Leipzig were permitted to temporarily operate. Frankfurt airport has also been opened for some northbound flight.

European aviation agency Eurocontrol said civilian flights across the bulk of northern and central Europe were prevented from landing or taking off on Saturday and most of Sunday. More than three in four flights across the continent were halted as drifting volcanic ash continued to be spewed from its source in Iceland.

But Dutch and German test flights carried out on Saturday without apparent damage seemed to offer hope that Europe's travel lockdown may ease in the coming days.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Apr 18th, 2010 at 11:41:12 AM EST
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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
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Apr 18th, 2010 at 11:56:13 AM EST
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Huffpo has a good animation of the spread of the ash on the front page.

Sorry, don't know how to link to the animation directly.

Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post

See Incredible Photos, Satellite Images Of Volcanic Cloud...
by Fran on Sun Apr 18th, 2010 at 02:20:50 PM EST
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I'm beginning to get annoyed that it's impossible to figure out (because they don't tell you, and if they do it's in obscure terms) whether the animation is a simulation or based on satellite data.

I suspect most of these are just showcasing various pieces of weather simulation software.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Apr 19th, 2010 at 02:49:25 AM EST
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