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Skies in Europe slowly reopen

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A group of students from a school in Nemours, France, wait at Dulles International Airport after their flight to Paris was canceled on Saturday. (By Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)


Are you stuck in Washington because of the closure of airports in Europe, or do you know someone who is? Send details about your situation and your contact information to transportation@washpost.com.

Here is the status of airspace in several European countries, along with some airline contact information. Local airports officials urge you to check with your airline for the latest flight information.

Dulles International Airport | Airlines at Dulles
Baltimore-Washington International Airport | Airlines at BWI

Travelers Aid | Dulles: 703-572-8296 | National: 703-417-3975 |
Union Station: 202-371-1937

British Airways (800-247-9297) | Air France (800-237-2747) | American Airlines (800-433-7300) | Virgin Atlantic (800-862-8621) | United Airlines (800-241-6522) | FAA

Denmark: Danish airspace above 16,600 feet is open, so long-haul flights can cross Denmark at high altitude. There is no landing in Denmark. Airspace under 16,600 feet 8 p.m. EDT.
Finland: Finnish aviation authority closes airspace Tuesday and extends flight restrictions until 2 a.m. Wednesday, Authorities had opened it briefly Monday.
France: Limited flights from the Paris airports to several international destinations resume Tuesday, most French airports now open to limited traffic.
Germany: Airspace officially closed for regular flights until 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday. Airlines permitted to operate a limited number of passenger flights under so-called visual flight rules, meaning that they can only fly at low levels within German airspace.
Ireland: Irish Aviation Authority says Shannon airport in the west was reopening at 8 a.m. EDT, but the airports in Dublin and Cork remain closed until at least 2 p.m. Flights above 20,500 feet are permitted.
Italy: Officials say a handful of domestic flights have resumed through Milan as Italy starts reopening airports. Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport is clearing out waiting passengers with 22 international flights and 32 domestic. Most passengers are English and German.
Netherlands: Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport lists both canceled and departed flights Tuesday morning after the Dutch government approved flights under certain conditions. KLM lists about 40 flights due to arrive or depart. Company says it is "resuming normal operations in a phased manner."


Norway: A new wave of ash forces aviation officials to close airports on Norway's southwestern coast, from Bergen to Kristiansand. Authorities had lifted air travel restrictions in most parts of Norway. Oslo's Gardermoen international airport reopened Sunday night, and Ryanair's Oslo terminals, Torp and Rygge, opened Monday morning.
Poland: Authorities closed airspace Tuesday until further notice.
Spain: Reopened all airports Sunday.
Sweden: Airspace over northern and central Sweden is open. Stockholm's Arlanda airport is open to flights to and from the U.S. and some European destinations. Airports in Goteborg and Malmo are closed. Overflights at high altitude are permitted across the country.
Switzerland: Airspace reopened to regular traffic at 2 a.m. EDT Tuesday.
United Kingdom: The National Air Traffic Service says London airports are likely to remain closed Tuesday. Some flights have resumed in Scotland and northern England. Flights in U.K. airspace above 20,000 feet were to be permitted later Tuesday.
-- Associated Press and staff reports

By Michael Bolden  |  April 20, 2010; 9:54 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Airports  
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