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Indian carriers prepare to fly to Europe
New Delhi, Apr 21 (IANS)
Published on 21 Apr. 2010 11:27 PM IST
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Air India and Jet Airways prepared to fly to Europe after Heathrow airport in London opened to air traffic at 2 a.m. (IST) Wednesday.
The airlines have not been flying to Europe since April 15 after an ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano spread to Europe and disrupted traffic.
Officials of Air India and Jet Airways said they would resume flights to Europe once they get the permission from the authorities. “We may, however, review if there is a case of further volcanic eruption. We have been told that there could be more eruptions in Iceland,” said an Air India official. Air India and Jet Airways began operating to the U.S. and Canada via Cairo and Athens from Tuesday.
Lufthansa and Air France also Tuesday operated flights to Munich and Paris after remaining stranded in Indian airports for six days.
For the fifth consecutive day ash and dust from Iceland’s volcano paralysed European airspace. About 70 per cent of Europe’s airspace remained closed to traffic. The cost to airlines estimated at more than $ 200 million a day.
The International Air Traffic Association representing world’s airlines accused European governments of the failure.

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