Amsterdam, Rotterdam airports to shut: report

AMSTERDAM (BestGrowthStock) – Airports in Amsterdam and Rotterdam will close for at least eight hours from 6 a.m. (12 a.m. EDT) on Monday due to the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland, Dutch state television reported.

Other Dutch airports would not be affected, said the television, but as Amsterdam and Rotterdam are the country’s two main airports the closures will effectively bring most air traffic in and out of the country to a standstill.

Amsterdam Schiphol is Europe’s third-largest cargo airport and fifth-largest passenger hub.

In a statement on its website, Dutch airline KLM said: “We are currently working on a diversion plan for all affected flights to Amsterdam.”

Britain and Ireland were already affected by the ash cloud over the weekend. London Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, was closed early on Monday until 7 a.m. (2 a.m. EDT).

More than 100,000 flights were canceled across Europe last month because of ash from the volcano.

Millions of people were stranded and airlines lost $1.7 billion, the International Air Transport Association has said.

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(Reporting by Ben Berkowitz)

Amsterdam, Rotterdam airports to shut: report