Most European airports reopen, some see ash delays

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May 17, 2010 23:04

 
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LONDON — Aviation authorities introduced relaxed flight safety rules Monday to minimize more disruptions caused by a volcano eruption in Iceland, as three of Europe's busiest airports reopened after a dense volcanic ash cloud dissipated.

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. The rules — which go into effect Tuesday — are subject to airlines getting a guarantee from their engine makers that their aircraft can safely tolerate the ash.

The body said that so far British budget carrier Flybe was the only airline that satisfied those conditions, but it expected other airlines to follow soon and European authorities to introduce similar rules.

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