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* SriLankan resumes flights to European destinations
Wed, Apr 21, 2010, 09:25 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 21, Colombo: SriLankan Airlines has resumed its flight services today to London, Paris, and Milan following the lifting of restrictions by the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation EUROCONTROL.

SriLankan operated flights to Paris and Milan early Wednesday (21st April). Flights to London were to commence today.

The airline is waiting for confirmation from EUROCONTROL, the Brussels-based airline traffic safety agency, to operate flights to Frankfort. Services to Rome were not affected and are continuing as scheduled.

Sri Lanka's national carrier said it is planning several additional flights for the convenience of passengers whose travel was disrupted. However, the airline recommended passengers booked on its European flights checking with the airline before proceeding to the airport.

The airline said the passengers of all cancelled SriLankan flights to Europe from 15th April 2010 due to the disruption by volcanic activity will be informed of their new flight details once the affected European Airports are open for normal operations and all such passengers will be provided with adequate notice to get to the airport.

SriLankan Airlines said it will waive cancellation and change fees for confirmed tickets to and from Europe.

Reportedly planes were flying into all of Europe's top airports London's Heathrow, Paris' Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt.

EUROCONTROL said it expects 21,000 out of 28,000 usually scheduled flights in Europe to take to skies Wednesday.

By the end of today, the safety agency estimated that over 100,000 flights have been cancelled since April 15th. The losses for the airlines have been estimated over $ 1.7 billion during the volcanic crisis.

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