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Airspace to remain open

After Hungarian air traffic controller HungaroControl reopened national airspace for travel, half of the scheduled planes at the Ferihegy international airport were able to land and take off without any issues.

At the same time, travel towards western Europe is still problematic, London, for instance, is inaccessible via airplane, said communications director of the Ferihegy operator Budapest Airport, Mihály Hardy.

The preventive measures enacted in response to a volcano eruption in Iceland and the resulting massive cloud of ash have been documented into three categories, distinguishing between high, low and no risk areas. High risk is off limits, low risk area can be entered but the related risks have to be accepted by the pilots and the respective airlines.

Estimates show that the volcano has already caused airless some $1 billion in losses globally. (Index.hu)