KLM resumes most flights

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Dutch airline KLM said it expected to resume all inter-continental flights to and from Amsterdam's Schiphol on Wednesday, and about 70 percent of its flights in Europe.

"Every effort will be made to restore the schedule, operating according to the original flight times as far as possible," the company said in a statement.

Dutch airspace was declared off limits from 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) last Thursday because of the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland, which shut down airports across Europe. It reopened partially on Tuesday, including for night flights.

KLM said several restrictions still apply to flights in Europe.

"A number of airports are still closed and flights are restricted to daytime hours at others," it said.

"KLM expects to achieve a great deal today (Wednesday) in restoring normal air traffic and operating around 70 percent of its scheduled flights within Europe."

A number of previously cancelled flights to Britain and several Scandinavian destinations will depart from Schiphol as from 1200 GMT.

"Only 75 passengers of the original group (about 1,500) of KLM passengers stranded at Schiphol since Thursday" now remain.

Nearly 300 KLM flights departed from or landed at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport during the course of Tuesday, the company said.

© 2010 AFP

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