German Airports Reopen After Ash Cloud Dissipates

24 May 2011 (Last Updated May 24th, 2011 18:30)

Airports in northern Germany have started to reopen as ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano eruption dissipates. Germany's air traffic control agency DFS said that Bremen airport resumed flights at 1100 local time, and scheduled Hamburg Airport to re-open at noon (1000GMT) and Berlin a

Airports in northern Germany have started to reopen as ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano eruption dissipates.

Germany's air traffic control agency DFS said that Bremen airport resumed flights at 1100 local time, and scheduled Hamburg Airport to re-open at noon (1000GMT) and Berlin airport to open in a couple of hours.

Geologists in Iceland said that volcanic activity at the volcano appeared to be over - at least for the time being - and the ash plume at the site of the eruption had almost disappeared.

Elevated levels of ash from the Icelandic volcano disrupted European air traffic on Tuesday morning and Germany had grounded air traffic across its northern airspace, forcing the closure of Bremen and Hamburg Airports and causing hundreds of flight cancellations.

Eurocontrol has noted that there are no restrictions on flights in any other part of Europe and the ash cloud is expected to move during the day and could affect Berlin and parts of Poland.

Aviation officials also claim that air travel over Europe could return to normal by Thursday.