22 May 2011 Last updated at 16.00 GMT
25 May 2011 Last updated at 12:39 GMT
Iceland volcano ash: German air traffic resuming
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Planes are once again taking off from and landing at Hamburg, Bremen and Berlin airports after they closed for several hours.
About 700 flights were cancelled in Germany on Wednesday, Europe’s air traffic agency Eurocontrol said.
The activity at Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano, which erupted at the weekend, appears to have stopped.
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Nobody was happy about the grounding of aircraft in northern Germany in smaller airports as well as the bigger ones in Berlin, Hamburg and Bremen.
But nor was there the outburst of discontent which came with the cancelled flights in Britain the previous day.
One stranded passenger at Bremen said: “One has to take it as it is. That is the way it is. Safety is first. When an ash cloud moves towards us and the planes are endangered by this, I would not like to be on board a plane.”
There is some unease within the industry about what they see as different regulations in different countries. No airline chief executive has matched Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary in his vociferous condemnation.
There are no flight restrictions elsewhere in Europe, Eurocontrol said.
- Iceland volcano eruption all but over: Experts (calgaryherald.com)
- Ash cloud moves on, letting Europe back in skies (cbsnews.com)