Austria Reopens Airspace, Many Flights Canceled

Austrian authorities have reopened the country

The Associated Press
Travelers wait at the closed international Airport in Duesseldorf, Germany on Friday. Most countries in northern Europe suspended their air traffic due to ash clouds from the volcanic eruption in Iceland.

VIENNA (AP) - Austrian authorities have reopened the country's airspace after volcanic ash forced its closure.

The Austria Press Agency reports that permission to resume takeoffs and landings took effect at 5 a.m. local time Monday, but says it's unclear if the airspace will remain open all day.

Airport Web sites indicate that many flights remain canceled.

Austro Control, the country's national aviation authority, first imposed a flight ban on Friday as a cloud of ash spewed by an Icelandic volcano moved eastward and caused chaos for travelers across much of Europe.

The European Union said Sunday that if weather forecasts confirm the skies over Europe are clearing, air traffic over the continent could return to about 50 percent of normal levels on Monday.

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