Smoke and steam hangs over the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland, Wednesday April 14, 2010, which has erupted for the second time in less than a month, melting ice, shooting smoke and steam into the air and forcing hundreds of people to flee rising floodwaters. Volcanic ash drifting across the Atlantic forced the cancellation of flights in Britain and disrupted air traffic across northern Europe, stranding thousands of passengers. Flights in and out of London Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, were halted, and the shutdowns and cancellations spread to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, Finland and Switzerland. The volcano's smoke and ash poses a threat to aircraft because it can affect visibility, and microscopic debris can get sucked into airplane engines and can cause them to shut down.(AP Photo/Jon Gustafsson) ** ICELAND OUT **
LONDON (AP) - Britain's government said U.K. airports - including London's Heathrow Airport - would reopen Tuesday, as European terminals lurched back to life while the danger from Iceland's volcanic ash plume eased.
Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis said all British airports would reopen at 2100GMT (1700EST), allowing passenger services into the U.K. to resume. Britain's Civil Aviation Authority said all U.K. airspace would reopen at the same time.
British Airways said it hoped to land as many as 25 flights Tuesday evening - from the United States, Africa and Asia into London.
But forecasters said more delays to flights bound for Europe were possible. Airspace in Germany remained largely closed until 0000GMT (8 p.m. EDT) but about 800 flights were allowed to fly at low altitude.
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