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* No flights operating to Europe from Sri Lanka yet
Sun, Apr 18, 2010, 08:31 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka aviation authorities said no flights are operating to Europe yet as European airports remains closed for the fourth day in a row due to the drifting volcanic ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano into the atmosphere.

Head of Management at the Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake, S. Hettiarachchi requested the travelers to Europe check with their respective airlines before arriving at the airport.

The official said only the flights to European destinations are affected and the flights to other destinations in the world are operating as usual.

Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines requested travelers to call 019-733-5500 to obtain details on the flight schedules and other details.

All major airports in Europe remained closed stranding thousands of travels as the volcanic ash drifted as far as Russia.

British aviation officials have extended the ban on the flights till Sunday evening while several European countries carried out test flights to explore the possibility of flying at certain altitudes.

Test flights by Dutch airline KLM at an altitude of 10 kms and the German airline Lufthansa an altitude of 8km showed no signs of damage to the planes, aviation officials said.

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