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Apr 19, 2010 8:53 AM by Associated Press

Some European airspace reopens, Royal Navy to rescue

Forecasters in Iceland say a new ash plume from the volcano that's grounded much air travel in Europe is lower, and less of a threat to aircraft.

Austria, meanwhile, has reopened its airspace, and Sweden and Finland are allowing limited operations. Britain is sending Royal Navy warships across the English Channel to rescue stranded Britons.

The European Union said yesterday that if weather forecasts confirm the skies over Europe are clearing, air traffic over the continent could return to about 50 percent of normal levels today.

But airport websites, at last report, indicate that many flights remain canceled.

 

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