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British officials relax safety rules over ash‎

05-18-2010 10:23 BJT

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Three of Europe's busiest airports have reopened after a volcanic ash cloud from Iceland, dissipated. Aviation authorities have introduced relaxed flight safety rules to minimize air traffic disruptions.

On Monday, London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports, and Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport have reopened. Britain's Civil Aviation Authority said it agreed with airlines, regulators and engine manufacturers on new rules, that would let planes fly for a limited time at higher ash densities than currently allowed.

British air traffic control company NATS, said the new rules has meant that restrictions on British airspace can now be eased. All British, Scottish and Irish airspace will remain open at least until early Tuesday, but airspace over the North Sea is still restricted, affecting some helicopter operations.

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