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Open skies back in Europe

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

After almost a week of paralysis caused by ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland, European skies are slowly re-opening to flights.

However air travel analysts say with almost 100 thousand flights cancelled, it could be weeks before the backlog of stranded passengers is cleared.

Flights to and from the Caribbean have resumed.

Meanwhile, the aviation lock-down is also threatening to bring the season\'s third disaster to Guadeloupe\'s melon producers.

Growers have had to contend with an exceptionally dry season as well as a volcanic eruption on Montserrat, whose ash fallout destroyed crops in Guadeloupe.

Now they have been unable to get their product on flights destined for Europe.

The president of the French Caribbean Melon Growers group, Victor Nanette, said the annual export market of 3,000 tonnes has been cut by four-fifths as a result.