Ash cloud clears, allowing U.K. airspace to re-open

05/6/2010 | Bloomberg

The volcanic ash cloud drifting from Iceland to the U.K. forced British Airways, Continental Airlines and other carriers to cancel hundreds of flights Wednesday, but the air has cleared and the airports have reopened. U.K. Civil Aviation Authority head Andrew Haines said the airspace closure was based on ash density exceeding levels agreed to by authorities last month. "Ash is likely to continue to disrupt U.K. air travel for the foreseeable future," he said. "Scientists are tracking the cloud's movements constantly, but its location changes frequently, depending on the strength of eruptions and prevailing winds."

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