Air France resumes normal long haul flights Tuesday

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Air France announced it would resume normal operations Tuesday for long-haul flights from two main airports near Paris as well as some of its domestic flights.

The French government said earlier it would begin to progressively reopen its airports from Monday while continuing to ask pilots to respect no-fly zones caused by the cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland.

Long-haul flights leaving from Paris' two main airports, Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly, were expected to resume normal operations, Air France said in a statement on its website late Monday.

Its long-haul flights were also expected to start arriving in Paris on Tuesday, although not on schedule, it said.

Some domestic flights would be operated from both airports.

The closure of the Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, along with others in northern France, has stranded tens of thousands of passengers.

Air France said on Monday that the disruption to services caused by a vast cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland was costing it 35 million euros (47 million dollars) a day.

Europe began closing its airspace on Thursday, because of fears that the ash could stall planes's engines and cause an air disaster.

© 2010 AFP

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