Volcano: France to begin opening airports Tuesday

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France will begin to progressively reopen its airports from Tuesday while continuing to ask pilots to respect a no-fly zone defined by EU aviation authorities, the government said.

France will begin by opening air corridors for flights between Paris and southern French cities and will gradually reopen all of the airports that were closed down last week by a cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland.

France said European transport ministers have agreed to divide the airspace into a no-fly zone defined by the Eurocontrol agency and into zones of "precaution" in which traffic is regulated by national governments.

"French territory will be in these zones of precaution, which means that the reopening of all airports will be undertaken progressively," Prime Minister Francois Fillon's office said in a statement Monday.

© 2010 AFP

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