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Apr 22, 2010 9:01 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Volcanic ash still limiting flights

European airports sent thousands of planes into the sky today after a week of unprecedented disruptions, but shifting winds sent a new plume of volcanic ash over Scandinavia, forcing some airports in Norway and Sweden to close again.

A spokesman for Eurocontrol, the European air traffic agency, says the new airspace restrictions apply to northern Scotland and parts of southern Norway, Sweden and Finland. But nearly all of the continent's 28,000 other scheduled flights, including more than 300 flights on lucrative trans-Atlantic routes, are expected to proceed.

Every plane is packed, however, as airlines squeeze in some of the hundreds of thousands of travelers who have been stranded for days among passengers with regular Thursday tickets. Airlines say there's no quick solution to cut down the backlog of passengers.

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