Los Angeles air service to Europe slowly being restored

09:10, April 22, 2010      

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With European airports reopening, air service from the Los Angeles International Airport ( LAX) to Europe is being restored, an airport spokesman said on Wednesday.

Sixteen European flights were scheduled to arrive at LAX later in the day, while one inbound flight was canceled, according to airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles.

Meanwhile, all 17 flights scheduled to depart from LAX bound for Europe were expected to take off later Wednesday, Castles said.

Castles noted, however, that some flights could be significantly delayed depending on when they arrive from Europe and how long it takes for the planes to be cleaned and prepared for the return flight.

However, airlines were still working to catch up with the backlog of passengers who were stranded over the past six days due to flights that were canceled as a result of a volcanic eruption in Iceland that sent ash spewing into the atmosphere, Castles said.

According to Castles, about 3,000 passengers still need to be accommodated on available seats, and they will be seated on a standby basis.

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