Jak podaje CNN, linie lotnicze w Europie przeprowadziły próbne loty, żeby wykazać, czy pył wulkaniczny, który od kilku dni paraliżuje lotnictwo w Europie stanowi zagrożenie.
Kilka lotów próbnych przeprowadzonych w niedzielę daję nadzieję na szybszy koniec chaosu lotniczego. Jak powiedział State Diego Lopez Garrido, europejski sekretarz stanu, rezultaty tych lotów pokazują, że pył nie ma wpływu na lot.
Rzecznik prasowy linii KLM, która również przeprowadziła loty próbne, powiedział CNN, że loty pokazały, iż przestrzeń lotnicza jest bezpieczna za wyjątkiem Islandii.
Rząd brytyjski The British government said British airspace will be closed for at least another 24 hours.
British Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis said officials were working around the clock to establish whether safe flight paths could be identified.
"Urgent discussions are taking place with European and international regulatory agencies. We want to be able to resume flights as soon as possible, but safety remains my paramount concern," Adonis said.
At London\'s Heathrow airport, a crowd broke out into cheers as a flight took off to test the skies.
Since the eruption beneath southern Iceland\'s Eyjafjallajokull glacier worsened last week, prompting local evacuations and affecting European airspace, airlines have been losing at least $200 million a day, according to the International Air Transport Association, the trade group representing airlines. That could mean airlines worldwide have lost about a billion dollars as of Sunday.
Across much of Europe, huge crowds have packed into airports, train stations and ferry lines, desperate for a way to get to their destinations -- which, in many cases, is home.
"My heart is aching," Jen Patterson told "CNN Sunday Morning." She and her husband, Steve, were traveling in the Netherlands when the problems began. They\'ve been unable to get home to their four children, all younger than 9, who are being cared for by friends and family.
An airline Sunday booked them on a flight Friday from Madrid to Dulles airport near Washington. "So the next challenge is getting to Madrid, whether by plane or by car," said Steve Patterson.
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In various ways, millions of people have been affected by the aviation disruption, which some officials call worse than after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
Some European airports reopened Sunday, including several in France and Germany, and all 16 that had been closed in Spain. But officials in each country emphasized that decisions were being made around the clock and could change at any time.
Airports in much of the continent remained closed, with passengers unable to go anywhere. Many hotels quickly ran out of rooms.
As the situation became more dire, Britain said Sunday it was looking at whether to draft in the Royal Navy to help those stranded. The government planned efforts overnight to see what military and commercial vessels were available for possible deployment.