EU ministers agree to start easing flight restrictions

EU transport ministers agreed to start gradually easing flight restrictions that were imposed after the volcanic ash in Iceland.

EU ministers agree to start easing flight restrictions

European Union transport ministers agreed on Monday to start gradually easing flight restrictions that were imposed after an volcano in Iceland started hurling ash into the atmosphere.

Under the agreement, the area immediately around the volcano will remain closed but ministers called for the "progressive and coordinated" opening of airspace in a second zone further from the volcano.

"From tomorrow morning we should see more planes flying," EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas told a news conference after the ministers' held a video conference.

He said the agreement would go into force at 0600 GMT on Tuesday, adding: "There will be no compromise on safety."

Kallas said the 27-country bloc's transport ministers would hold further emergency talks to discuss the economic impact of the ash cloud but did not say when.

Reuters

Last Mod: 19 Nisan 2010, 23:26
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