German airspace closed until 1800 GMT

April 18, 2010 12:00 am

, BERLIN, Apr 18 – German airspace will remain closed until 8 p.m. (1800 GMT) on Sunday because of the volcanic dust cloud from Iceland, a spokeswoman for the national air safety agency DFS announced.

Europe\’s biggest airline Lufthansa announced earlier that it was cancelling all its flights until the same time.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be unable to attend the funeral later Sunday of president Lech Kacynski in Poland because of the travel turmoil, a government spokesman said late Saturday.

Merkel had been due back in Berlin on Friday afternoon from a trip to the United States, but was diverted to Lisbon because German airspace was closed.

She spent the night to Saturday in the Portuguese capital and then flew to Rome from where she was due to travel to Germany by car.


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