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Flight restrictions across Europe lifted as the ash cloud threat abates

Passengers breathe a sigh of relief as the skies look clear for the next 36 hours at least. Ryanair, Aer Lingus and all the major carriers are operating normal schedules.

Image: SCOTT HEPPELL/AP/Press Association Images

ALL FLIGHT ACROSS Europe are back on track after the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland ceased erupting.

The Irish Aviation Authority has confirmed that all airports are operating normally and that there is unlikely to be any disruption for the next 36 hours at least. The Irish Times reports that the IAA feels that there will be no problems before tomorrow afternoon, and that closures beyond that are highly unlikely.

There is similar relief for travellers across Europe as air traffic control agency Eurocontrol has confirmed on its website that no “significant impact” is expected today from the ash cloud.

Germany was worst affected yesterday, with around 450 flights cancelled but Bloomberg reports that Germany’s main airline Lufthansa will operate a normal schedule today. Ryanair, Aer Lingus and other main carriers around Europe are also running as normal.

Ireland escaped any major delays in its main airports, but passengers travelling to England and Scotland on Tuesday were hit by cancellations as the ash cloud threatened overhead.

Ryanair has issued a statement blasting the UK Met Office for “causing unnecessary flight cancellations” after it admitted that the “red zone” of the ash cloud was not where they had previously thought.

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