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More European airspace reopening

BERLIN (AP) - Airliners are gradually reoccupying the skies over Europe after massive disruptions due to ash from an erupting volcano in Iceland.

Germany's air traffic controllers say they've reopened the country's airspace today. London's Heathrow airport, Europe's busiest, has also reopened, delivering rays of hope to stranded travelers.

Officials say it will be weeks before all stranded travelers can be brought home but with planes flying again passengers have a reason for hope.

The International Air Transport Association says disruptions to European air travel from the volcanic ash cloud have cost the industry at least $1.7 billion. The industry is asking governments to explore compensation.

Air traffic control agency Eurocontrol said it expects at least 15,000 flights to go ahead across Europe. Generally, about 28,000 flights are scheduled on Wednesdays across Europe.

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