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German airlines resume limited flight schedules

DDP/The Local · 20 Apr 2010, 12:06

Published: 20 Apr 2010 08:30 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 Apr 2010 12:06 GMT+02:00

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Thanks to exceptions in the ban allowing for flights below six kilometres in altitude, flights by carriers Lufthansa, Air Berlin and Condor were already able to take off late on Monday – mainly to pick up stranded German tourists at vacation destinations.

Meanwhile flight schedules within German are slowly getting back on track in Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Leipzig, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Berlin.


The country’s biggest carrier Lufthansa said it plans to send some 50 machines to pick up about 15,000 stranded passengers from Asia, North and South America, and Africa. Smaller airlines Condor and TUIfly are expected to follow.

But the ban is still technically in place until Tuesday afternoon, leading pilots’ union Cockpit to call the airlines’ choice to fly irresponsible as safety concerns remain.

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The German parliament’s transportation committee has planned a special meeting for Tuesday to review the consequences of the flight ban, which began last Thursday following the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano.

Airlines have said they fear losses in the billions and have questioned the accuracy and sense of computer simulations by the London-based Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre which dictated the flight ban.

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Your comments about this article

09:32 April 20, 2010 by adipk
Yes this is a good sign, but i would say" Be careful". Its not the game its a serious matter.
15:05 April 20, 2010 by DoubleDTown
Don't discriminate against Ossis, if you mention Leipzig don't forget Dresden. Also, since this is Germany's news in English, can't we call the "machines" something more English like "planes"? Pickin' the nits...
15:18 April 20, 2010 by TomGielink
This problem has been worsened by incompetent, unqualified politicians.

Pilots should be making the decisions as they are the people in control.

The Media has also not been helpful - there has also been a great deal of hype and not enough factual reporting exacerbating the situation.
16:14 April 20, 2010 by nashv

Oh come on dude, take what you get. Germany's News in English is usually full of linguistic errors. Since we're nitpicking :

1."But the ban is still technically in place until Tuesday afternoon..." should be "But the ban is TECHNICALLY STILL in place..." . Subtle, but obvious.

2. "...have questioned the accuracy and sense of computer simulations..." . There is no sense of a computer simulation. There might be a question of the sensibility of the ban.
23:17 April 20, 2010 by wmm208
Goldman Sachs is to blame, phewie...
02:17 April 22, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Let me take a wild guess, peschvogel (aka wmm208):

You're an out of work commodities trader, probably Serbian (because of your hatred for Germany), you pretend to be an American (which you are not), you lost your ass in the recent meltdown and you're looking for a national rather than private scapegoat, as you still believe in unregulated laissez faire capitalism so that you can hedge your bets with opacity. You are a most delightful foil.
02:06 April 26, 2010 by wmm208
Wrong. Your trying to be my friend. How nice. But please, save your soap opera for the deflation thats about to hit you up side the head. bam!
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