Despite optimistic projections on Monday, Britain's National Air Traffic Control Services said early Tuesday that intensified volcanic eruptions in Iceland had created "a new ash cloud [that] is spreading south and east towards the U.K." With some 8 million fliers stranded, EU officials announced a plan to carve Europe's airspace into three zones allowing different levels of flight activity. "The outlook is that bit by bit, normal flights will be resumed in coming days," said one official with Eurocontrol.

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