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Paris suspends flights to north Europe over volcano eruption

2010-04-16 10:32 BJT

PARIS, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Paris Roissy Airport said Thursday it had suspended all flights to the United Kingdom and Scandinavia from 12:00 (1000 GMT) because of an erupting volcano in Iceland.

"From 1000 GMT there was no further flight from Roissy to Copenhagen, Oslo, London and Scottish airports," an airport source told local media.

"The flights from Roissy Charles de Gaulle to London, Scotland, Copenhagen and Oslo are canceled," the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in a statement.

The DGAC has suggested passengers affected by the cancelations to contact their airliners.

Hundreds of flights from Paris were canceled, according to Paris Airports. The affected airliners are linking to the Royaueme Kingdom, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Ireland or Scotland.

Wednesday morning, Eyjafjallajokull volcano in southern Iceland started to spew ash clouds. Images provided by Eumetsat (European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) showed that the ash cloud spreaded over northern Europe.

According to the French newspaper Le Tribune, the ash clouds could reach northwest France around 18:00 and 20:00 local time (1600 and 1800 GMT).

Editor: Zhang Pengfei | Source: Xinhua