Sweden reopens major airsports for transport north, west

17:58, April 19, 2010      

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The Swedish Civil Aviation Authority LFV announced Monday that major airports in the country had been reopened.

"The Arlanda Airport near the capital city Stockholm has opened for the route north and west," said Erik Soderberg, information chief of LFV.

Another airport Bromma Airport, not far away from Stockholm, was also reopened, but was closed again because of the ash, he said, adding that now, no one knows exactly when the transport south and east will reopen.

The Swedish meteorological agency SMHI will get a new forecast for the situation of volcanic ash. It will decide how long the major Swedish airport will be open.

Sweden normally has 65,000-85,000 passengers per day. LFV will hold a crisis meeting on Monday to discuss the long period of disruption due to the volcanic ash from Iceland.

A volcanic eruption started under the Eyjafjalla glacier in southern Iceland on April 14. Massive volcanic ash affected air traffic in many coutries in Europe.

Source: Xinhua


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