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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines carried out a test flight this evening between about 19.45 and 21:00 hours CEST in Netherlands airspace using a Boeing 737-800. The flight was carried out to establish whether air quality in the atmosphere meets the requirements for safe flight. No problems were encountered during the flight.
The aircraft was transferred to a hangar on landing where it underwent a thorough inspection. The results have been reported to the Transport and Water Management Inspectorate. The Inspectorate will take the decision on whether flight operations are possible.
However, Dutch airline KLM and Germany’s Lufthansa yesterday carried out test flights. Both airlines said the planes appeared undamaged. It is a small glimmer of hope that maybe the worst disruption since the 2001 9/11 attacks could have an end in sight.
But, with scientists saying the eruption coming from Volcano Eyjafjallajokull could intensify and even last for months, there are fears that more unprecedented travel chaos is on the horizon.