"UK skies reopen for flights as ash risk is downgraded
All UK airports finally reopened last night after the country’s aviation safety body downgraded the risk posed by the ash cloud that has brought travel chaos to Europe.
Passenger flights and offshore helicopters made a welcome return to the skies over Scotland and northern England yesterday as some restrictions were eased.
Hopes that UK flights would return to normal appeared to have been dashed by a second wave of dust from the volcano in Iceland that has kept many of the country’s airports shut.
However, at 10pm, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) gave the all-clear for Britain to get moving again following days of testing the effects of the ash on airliner engines."