Airports in Europe, including Amsterdam Schiphol and London Heathrow, reopened Monday after a new wave of shutdowns because of volcanic ash disrupted airline operations and prompted new worries about the ongoing impact of the Icelandic volcano.
Airspace across the United Kingdom and parts of northern Europe was closed late Sunday as new eruptions over a few hours triggered the largest shutdown of airports since a weeklong closure at the beginning of April.
London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports were open again Monday morning and officials in Amsterdam said Schiphol reopened at 1 p.m. local time.
Eurocontrol, the continent’s main air traffic control body, said about 1,000 flights were canceled.
Cargo operations appeared to suffer only minor disruptions although Cargolux’s main hub in Luxembourg was closed for a time and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines canceled five westbound trans-Atlantic flights Monday and diverted incoming flights to other European airports.
The airport shutdowns began Saturday in Northern Ireland, and officials in the UK said only a handful of airports in the northern part of the UK were still affected by midday Monday.