Some resumption of European flights
The first flights in northern Europe have taken off after five days of inactivity caused by the spread of volcanic ash from Iceland.
Three flights departed from Amsterdam\'s Schiphol airport late yesterday, bound for New York, Shanghai and Dubai.
There are hopes that many routes within Europe will be able to resume operations today.
However, UK air traffic officials say a new ash cloud spreading from Iceland cast doubt on plans to reopen UK airspace.
Earlier, the UK air traffic control body said the flight ban would be lifted over Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England.
However, it later said the situation in some areas has worsened.