Volcano ash cancels 450 flights over Germany: Eurocontrol

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Some 450 flights were cancelled over Germany on Wednesday due to an ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano but little disruption was expected Thursday, European air traffic controllers said.

The Brussels-based agency had expected more flight cancellations earlier on Wednesday, when it had predicted that 700 flights would be grounded.

As areas of ash concentration drifted over the north of Germany, "approximately 450 flights were cancelled in German airspace, mainly affecting the airports in Bremen, Hamburg and Berlin," it said in a statement.

"On a normal day, these airports would expect around 120, 480 and 530 flights respectively. The German airports are currently fully accessible again," Eurocontrol said.

The ash cloud coverage is expected to dissipate overnight, Eurocontrol said, citing the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in London.

"Tomorrow (Thursday), we do not expect any significant impact on European airspace," the agency said.

© 2011 AFP

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