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Asian airlines resume European flights


Published on Apr 21, 2010

Airlines have gradually started resuming flight services to Western Europe, following five days of cancellations due to the volcanic ash cloud. Airports in the UK, including London Heathrow, have begun operating flights again, with Malaysia Airlines (MAS) announcing that its two Wednesday flights from KL to Heathrow would depart later today. MAS services to Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt will also resume on Wednesday.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) meanwhile reinstated its services between Singapore and Paris, Amsterdam and Zurich this morning. Japan Airlines (JAL) plans to resume all scheduled flight operations between Tokyo (Narita) and Europe today, with flights to London, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt and Milan all expected to depart on schedule. Additionally, JAL will also be operating two extra flights - one each from Milan and Rome to Tokyo. Australia's Qantas has also announced that it will be resuming
European services. The airline's Singapore-Frankfurt flight, and flights from Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong to London will all operate later today and early tomorrow. From tomorrow (22 April) scheduled flight services will resume in full.

However the situation is changing all the time and passengers flying to Europe are advised to contact their airline for the latest information. Eurocontrol, the European air traffic control operator, said more than half of Europe’s 27,500 daily flights flew yesterday. The Brussels-based organisation was reported saying that it was optimistic the situation would be back to normal in a few days’ time.

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