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European flights resume

Published:Tuesday | April 20, 2010 | 12:58 PM

A limited number of flights have taken off in northern Europe after five days of a blanket no-fly zone caused by the spread of volcanic ash from Iceland.

Planes have been departing from Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt among others, although many flights are still grounded.

The Eurocontrol air traffic agency says of Europe\'s 27,500 daily flights, 14,000 are expected to fly today.

However, most of UK airspace, including London, remains closed as a new ash cloud is now spreading from Iceland.

The air traffic agency’s deputy director of operations, Brian Flynn, says the outlook is optimistic and he’s hoping that in a few days’ time, the situation will be restored to normal movement of air passengers in Europe.