Iceland volcanic ash grounds flights across northern Europe (2)

20:19, April 15, 2010      

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Flights would also be halted at Copenhagen Airport, the busiest hub in the Nordic region.

At Copenhagen's international airport, spokesman Henrik Peter Joergensen said some 25,000 passengers there would be affected.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who is on his way home after a trip to Mexico and the United States, got stuck in New York due to the closure of an airport in Oslo, a spokesperson from his office said Thursday.

Stoltenberg arrived in New York on Wednesday from Washington D.C. to meet a group of entrepreneurs and planned to return to Oslo Thursday, the spokesperson told Xinhua by telephone.

The Oslo Airport Gardermoen was shut down at 10 a.m. local time (0800 GMT) Thursday, airport authorities announced in a statement. It was unknown so far when Norwegian airspace would be reopened.

In Paris, all flights heading north were canceled until midnight.

In Iceland, the ash cloud has not caused problems in the capital of Reykjavik but has affected the southeastern part of the island.

Iceland's second volcano eruption in less than a month began under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in the south of the country early Wednesday.

Between 700 and 800 people were evacuated from their homes in the area some 120 km east of Reykjavik because of risks of further volcano eruption.

Source: Xinhua

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