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Most European airports still closed

LONDON (AP) - Most airports in Europe are closed for a fifth day today because of the ash that continues to rise from a volcano in Iceland.

An air traffic agency in Brussels says fewer than one-third of flights in Europe are taking off today.

In Spain, though, all airports are open -- and the country is offering to become the new hub of Europe to get stranded passengers moving again.

Airlines are pressing for restrictions to be lifted. Several airlines safely tested the skies with flights that didn't carry any passengers over the weekend. And the chief executive of British Airways says it proves that the sweeping flight restrictions are "unnecessary."

Britain said it was keeping flight restrictions on through early tomorrow, while Italy briefly lifted restrictions in the north then quickly closed down again after conditions worsened Monday.


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