Amsterdam airport runs 70 percent of schedule

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Amsterdam's Schiphol airport said it expected air traffic to return to up to 70 percent of its normal volume Wednesday with 600 to 700 flights planned.

"We expect that between 600 and 700 flights" will depart from and arrive at Schiphol on Wednesday, airport spokeswoman Mirjam Snoerwang told AFP.

"This represents 60 percent to 70 percent of flights on a normal day."

Snoerwang said about 400 flights departed from or landed at Schiphol on Tuesday, the first day that air space reopened after being closed at 6:00 p.m. (1600 GMT) on Thursday because of the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland that shut airports across Europe.

Between 200 and 300 people spent the night at Schiphol, said Snoerwang, ading that: "We expect that all the passengers who have been stranded (at Schiphol) will be able to depart today."

Dutch airline KLM said earlier it expected to resume all inter-continental flights to and from Schiphol on Wednesday, and about 70 percent of its flights in Europe, where "a number of airports are still closed and flights are restricted to daytime hours at others".

© 2010 AFP

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