Germany extends airspace shutdown to 1200 GMT Tuesday

20th April 2010, Comments 0 comments

Germany's DFS air safety agency extended by 12 hours to 1200 GMT Tuesday the shutdown of its airspace because of volcanic ash but said airlines could operate some flights with special permission.

The agency had earlier said the shutdown would end at 0000 GMT.

In line with special procedures, pilots would fly visually rather than relying on instruments, and would be under the direction of air traffic controllers until German airspace was completely reopened.

Such procedures allowed Lufthansa to announce a resumption of long-haul flights on Monday evening after a suspension caused by a cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano that shut down European airspace for days.

Air Berlin also on Monday resumed such special procedure flights between the German capital and the popular tourist destination of Majorca .

© 2010 AFP

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