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Dutch airspace to start reopening tonight

Tonight the first passenger aircraft will be departing from Schiphol again, announced by Minister Camiel Eurlings (Traffic) during a press conference.

Dutch airspace will start to reopen to flights tonight after levels of volcanic ash from Iceland declined.
The flights are scheduled go to Shanghai, Dubai and New York. An exact time has not yet been published.

The aircraft must tend to avoid volcanic ash, by flying at a different altitude than normal.

Eurlings had a meeting with 27 European colleagues about the resumption of air traffic on Monday. According to the Transport Minister, the airline industry can no longer sustain an overall airspace closer. The CDA-minister thinks that European guidelines are too strict.

The flight restrictions in Europe are limited to a few areas. European airspace is divided into a no-Go zone, a safe zone and a zone where planes must be careful. EU Commissioner Siim Kallas (Traffic) has reported this after video-conference with the transport ministers of 27 EU countries.

The zones are in effect from Tuesday morning at 8.00 am. Eurocontrol, will announce the air traffic control zones in the coming hours.

The goal is that European air traffic will gradually resume. “As of Tuesday morning, 8.00 am there will be a steady number of departing flights,” according to Kallas. “Good news for passengers, good news for the aviation industry.”

Air traffic in Northern Europe was paralyzed, because of a volcanic eruption in Iceland last week. The eruption created an ash cloud that may be more dangerous for aircraft engines.

More and more airlines want to fly back to normal in Europe. They criticize the flight restriction which was proclaimed in many European countries after the volcanic eruption in Iceland.