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European air travel still ‘wait-and-see’

Would-be travellers prevented from crossing the Atlantic from Halifax still don’t know how much longer their grounding will last.

Flights to and from much of Europe have been cancelled since last week’s volcanic eruption in Iceland filled the sky with ash.

In Nova Scotia, the only direct link to Europe is a daily flight each way between Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Heathrow Airport in London. Those flights have been grounded since Thursday.

Yesterday airport officials couldn’t say when flights will be back on line.

“Your guess is as good as mine,” said airport spokeswoman Ashley Barnes.

“It’s just kind of a wait-and-see game.”

Barnes said people should keep an eye on the airport website to check the status of their flights.

Air Canada’s website warned customers yesterday it may take “several days” for air travel to resume. The airline also announced it was changing its booking policy to allow travellers to make alternate travel arrangements without any financial penalty.

When flights do resume, Air Canada says it will deploy extra planes to cope with backlogged demand.

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