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Euro travel still a concern with volcano ash

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LONDON (AP) -- Volcanic ash from Iceland's volcanic eruption is causing further travel problems worldwide.

Polish officials are concerned that the ash cloud could threaten the arrival of world leaders for Sunday's scheduled state funeral for President Lech Kaczynski (lekh kah-CHIN'-skee) and his wife. Among the leaders traveling to Krakow are President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (dih-MEE'-tree med-VYEH'-dyev).

The European air traffic agency says only 11,000 of today's 28,000 regularly scheduled flights are expected to operate. Eurocontrol officials say delays will continue at least into tomorrow as the ash cloud moves south and east at an altitude of 20,000 to 30,000 feet.

British aviation authorities have extended a ban on flights over England and Wales into tomorrow morning but say restrictions over Scotland and Northern Ireland are being lifted.

Travelers are turning to ground transportation to get around. A spokeswoman for a Dutch train company NS Hispeed says additional trains have been put into service.

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LONDON (AP) -- British aviation authorities have extended a ban on flights over England and Wales for six more hours into Saturday morning but say restrictions over Scotland and Northern Ireland are being lifted.

The National Air Traffic Service said in a statement that the British flight ban now stretches to 7 a.m. local time (0600GMT, 2 a.m. EDT). The ban affects all of London's five airports, including Heathrow, Europe's busiest.

The company says overseas flights can now depart and arrive at airports in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but that did "not mean that all flights will operate."

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LONDON (AP) -- The European air traffic agency says the flight disruptions that upended travel in Europe and reverberated throughout the world yesterday are worse today.

Eurocontrol says half a dozen European nations have closed their airspaces because of the volcanic ash spewing from an Icelandic volcano. The agency says about 60 percent of European flights are not operating, and delays will continue into tomorrow.

The ash cloud has left tens of thousands of travelers stranded around the globe, and blocked the main air flight path between the U.S. East Coast and Europe. Trains and hotels in key European cities are packed as people scramble to make alternate travel plans.

But there are some bright spots. Ireland has reopened most of its airspace, and three Paris airports will let some planes land during a four-hour window.

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LONDON (AP) -- An air traffic control service in Europe expects half of all trans-Atlantic flights to be canceled Friday because of an enormous ash cloud from a remote Icelandic volcano.

The volcano began erupting yesterday and officials say it could take days for the skies to become safe again.

It's causing the biggest flight disruption since the 2001 terrorist attacks, stranding tens of thousands of travelers on six continents.

The cloud is so powerful it's capable of knocking out jet engines. The smoke and ash also could affect aircraft visibility.

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