French skies open, all long-haul flights resume

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All long-haul flights to and from France and three quarters of shorter services were operating as scheduled Wednesday, the civil aviation agency said, after days of disruption caused by volcanic ash.

Officials at both Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and the smaller Orly said that 100 percent of long-haul flights were running as normal.

Air France said it was operating a normal schedule and had flown more than 40,000 people -- most of them French -- into France since its international airports reopened on Tuesday.

At Paris' main hub Charles de Gaulle, officials said 90 percent of short and medium-haul flights were confirmed, along with extra services to bring stranded tourists back from Turkey and North Africa.

The DGAC civil aviation authority announced the reopening of France's airspace and all of its airports after safety restrictions designed to protect flights from volcanic ash coming from Iceland were lifted.

© 2010 AFP

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