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Flights to resume at Iceland's main airport

2011-05-23 19:34

Reykjavik - Flights will resume to Iceland's four international airports by Monday evening, including the main Keflavik airport, even as some airspace remains closed due to ash from the erupting Grimsvoetn volcano, officials said.

"The airspace over the main international airport Keflavik will open," Hjordis Gudmundsdottir, a spokesperson for Iceland's airport authority, Isavia, told AFP.

She said the first flight from the airport was scheduled to depart for London at 18:00 GMT, while the first arrivals, also from London, were scheduled for an hour later.

Earlier on Monday, Icelandic aviation authorities reopened some airspace and two smaller international airports, Akureyri and Egilsstathir, but Gudmundsdottir said most airlines waited to resume their Iceland flights until they were allowed to land at Keflavik to avoid the logistics of bussing passengers back and forth.

Airspace remained closed in the south of Iceland, near the Grimsvoetn volcano, which began erupting late on Saturday, evoking fears of a repeat of last year's travel chaos sparked by the eruption of another Icelandic volcano which led to the biggest shutdown of European airspace since World War II.