British air traffic controllers say flight levels at 80 percent

21st April 2010, Comments 0 comments

British air traffic controllers said Wednesday they had handled about 80 percent of normal flight levels by 1700 GMT as services recovered from the Iceland volcano cloud chaos.

The National Air Traffic Services (NATS), which manages British airspace, said it had dealt with more than "2,600 movements in UK airspace up to 1800 local time -- approximately 80 percent of normal traffic levels".

It added traffic levels were expected to approach 90 percent from 0600 GMT Thursday morning.

A spokeswoman for London's Heathrow airport meanwhile said Europe's busiest air hub had handled 58 percent of flights by Wednesday evening that it normally deals with.

© 2010 AFP

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