Latest on Ash: London, Amsterdam Airports Reopen

May 17, 2010
(10 a.m. EDT) -- London's two major airports, as well as the majority of other airports in the United Kingdom, are reopened for now, following a weekend of travel disruption caused by Iceland's volcanic ash cloud.

If you're flying from or through any airports in the U.K. or nearby European countries to reach your next cruise, here's what you need to know:

According to the latest update from NATS, the U.K.'s air traffic authority, the no-fly zone that had been affecting Heathrow and Gatwick has been lifted until Monday at 7 p.m. BST (2 p.m. EDT). There are no restrictions at airports in Northern Ireland, England or Wales during this period.

Dublin's international airport reopened today at noon BST (7 a.m EDT).

Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, one of Europe's biggest hubs, has also reopened.

EUROCONTROL, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, notes that the areas of ash concentration are mainly at low levels. During the course of the day, the current cloud is expected to disperse somewhat.

We'll keep you updated on airport closures and re-openings.

--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor

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