Flights begin to take off as new cloud threatens Britain
Top News: Europe's air travel crisis showed some signs of easing on Tuesday as airplanes began to gradually take off, but a new cloud of volcanic ash may continue to make lives difficult for 6.8 million travelers affected by the 95,000 flights already cancelled.
France, Germany, Italy Scotland, and the Netherlands, among others, allowed limited flights to take off on Tuesday. Other countries chose to open up their airspace but keep their airspace closed. 55 to 60 percent of scheduled flights are predicted to ahead as normal today, according to the Eurocontrol air traffic agency. Close to normal takeoffs are predicted for Friday.
However, while eruptions from the Eyjafjallajokul volcano are now weaker than they were over the weekend, wind patters appear to be pushing the ash back toward Britain, forcing British authorities to postpone plans to lift restrictions over England and Wales, including the London area.
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