Three flights to leave Amsterdam airport Monday: ministry

19th April 2010, Comments 0 comments

Three flights carrying passengers will leave Amsterdam-Schiphol airport Monday evening for Shanghai, Dubai and New York, the Dutch transport minister announced.

"I can announce that the first planes with passengers are leaving tonight," Minister Camiel Eurlings said at a press conference at the airport.

Dutch airspace had been closed from 16H00 GMT Thursday because of a cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland.

Eurlings also announced that planes would be able to land at Amsterdam-Schipol from Tuesday morning.

Dutch airline KLM said meanwhile it had sent a plane from Amsterdam-Schiphol Monday to Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.

This was after two commercial KLM freight flights on Sunday evening to Dubai and to Bangkok and Taipei had experienced no problem from the volcanic ash cloud which shutdown much of Europe's airspace.

The Dutch company has reported losses of five to 10 million euros (6.7 to 13.4 million dollars) a day because of the closure of airspace, according to spokesman Saskia Kranendonk.

The EU commission announced Monday that European transport ministers agreed to ease from Tuesday restrictions on flights imposed due to the ash cloud .

© 2010 AFP

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