Three flights take off from Amsterdam airport

19th April 2010, Comments 0 comments

Three flights carrying passengers left Amsterdam-Schiphol airport Monday evening for Shanghai, Dubai and New York, the Dutch airline KLM announced.

"The three scheduled flights for this evening took off", KLM's spokeswoman Saskia Kranendonk said, as the planes left the airport around 8:30 pm local time (1830 GMT).

The two Boeing 747s could carry 275 passengers each, and the Airbus 330 could hold 243 passengers, she said.

Dutch airspace had been closed from 1600 GMT Thursday because of a cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland.

The Dutch transport minister announced earlier Monday that planes would be able to land at Amsterdam-Schiphol from Tuesday morning.

National carrier KLM has reported losses of five to 10 million euros (6.7 to 13.4 million dollars) a day because of the closure of airspace, according to Kranendonk.

The EU commission announced Monday that European transport ministers agreed to ease from Tuesday restrictions on flights imposed due to the ash cloud.

© 2010 AFP

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