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Flights returning to normal

Flights across Europe were returning to normal on Wednesday as high levels of volcanic ash from the Icelandic eruption cleared the skies after threatening to disrupt air traffic for days.

world Updated: May 26, 2011 00:26 IST

Flights across Europe were returning to normal on Wednesday as high levels of volcanic ash from the Icelandic eruption cleared the skies after threatening to disrupt air traffic for days.

The Air India flight from London to Mumbai (AI130) left on schedule this morning while two flights (AI116 and 112) are slated to take off this evening for New Delhi.

A spokesperson for the airline said that all Air India flights from London are operating from Heathrow terminal four instead of three.

Meanwhile, BBC reported that air traffic over northern Germany is returning to normal after being disrupted by volcanic ash.

Planes are again taking off and landing in Hamburg and Bremen, after they were closed for several hours. Berlin airports are to reopen later, it reported, adding about 700 flights have been cancelled in Germany today.

Airlines, including British Airways, had to axe some German services as the ash cloud moved over northern Europe.

British Airways had cancelled one London-Hamburg and two Hamburg-London flights and budget carrier easyJet also axed some German flights.

On Tuesday, airlines grounded about 500 flights after ash from the Icelandic volcano swept over Britain and towards northern Europe.

Experts and authorities on Wednesday said that activity at Iceland's Grimsvoetn volcano has stopped and its flight-halting ash plume has almost disappeared.

Civil aviation authority in France has said it was not expecting to close any of the country's airspace.

Besides Britain and Germany, air traffic in Norway and Denmark was also disrupted.