Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Germany: Skies set to re-open Wednesday

Air travel in Germany was set to creep back to normality Wednesday with the air traffic authority DFS announcing air space would be gradually opened for regular flights.

Pilots would be cleared to use their instrumentation rather than just flying visually over the course of Wednesday, meaning many more flights would be approved to take off and land.

There was “a good chance that the air space over Germany and all international airports would be available by the late afternoon,” the DFS said in a statement issued Wednesday morning.

However it said a longer term prognosis was still not possible.

The announcement followed an earlier extension of the air space closure until 8 am Wednesday morning, owing to the cloud of ash seeping from the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull.

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