Volcano ash keeps planes grounded across northern Europe

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Planes across northern Europe remained grounded Friday as ash from an Icelandic volcano continued to waft through the atmosphere, with no firm predictions of when the eruptions — and the travel delays — would end.

Britain kept almost all of its airspace empty through the morning, allowing only a few flights to operate out of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Authorities said most non-emergency air travel would be banned through at least 7 a.m. Saturday London time, although a large part of Scotland’s and Northern Ireland’s airspace would be open to travel at 7 p.m. Friday.

Scandinavia also continued to keep most of its planes on the ground. By midday Friday, all major airports in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland were scheduled to remain shut down for the rest of the day, with only a few small airports operational in the far north.

In France, the three main airports in Paris decided to allow inbound flights to land between 12 and 4 p.m. But no takeoffs were permitted, and other airports in northern France remained closed until at least 8 p.m. local time.

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