EU transport ministers meet on easing air travel restrictions
European Union Transport Ministers are to hold emergency talks today on easing the air travel restrictions caused by volcanic ash cloud in Europe\'s skies.
Sixty-three thousand flights have been cancelled in four days, with millions of passengers stranded worldwide.
Airports and airlines have complained about the restrictions.
It was been reported that airlines have been losing US$200 million per day as a result of the travel bans.
Much of northern Europe remains a no-fly zone with airspace closed, or partially closed, in more than 20 countries.
The prospect of a return to normal air travel remains far from clear.
The flight bans came amid fears that the ash - a mixture of glass, sand and rock particles - can seriously damage aircraft engines.