France to fully restore long-haul air traffic on Wednesday (2)

10:35, April 21, 2010      

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A passenger walks by the electronic screen at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, capital of France, April 20, 2010. France said it was progressively reopening airports from Monday, with restricted flights from Paris to start from early Tuesday. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)

"The object is to guarantee 100 percent of long flights and 60 percent of medium ones on Wednesday," Borloo said at a news conference after the fourth ministerial meeting over the aviation crisis caused by the volcanic ash clouds.

France has resumed about 90 percent of long flights and 30 percent of medium ones on Tuesday, he added, citing an estimation of 20,000 passengers stranded in or out France have restarted their trips to due destinations.

Paris Charles de Gaulles and Orly airports, two main hubs for international flights, re-opened from 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, marking the gradual recovery of paralyzed civil aviation due to troublesome volcanic ash clouds.

As the airspace above northern France partially re-opened, a long queue re-appeared in front of Paris Air France Bureau. The passengers were waiting to reschedule their already long-delayed trip, according to Xinhua reporter.

According to the French Foreign Ministry, about 85,000 French nationals are trapped in abroad till Tuesday morning.

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