BBC新闻100篇:BBC News Item 53

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[00:00.00]As forecasters say that

[00:01.47]a cloud of volcanic dust spreading from Iceland across Europe

[00:05.45]show some signs of moving,

[00:06.82]officials have expressed hope that

[00:08.75]up to half of all flights across Europe

[00:10.64]could operate on Monday.

[00:11.80]The European Transport Commissioner

[00:13.84] and Spanish minister for Europe

[00:15.62]were speaking after talks with the air traffic agency, Eurocontrol.

[00:18.88]Warren Bull reports.

[00:20.30]After adopting a cautious approach up till now,

[00:23.40]the airline industry has increasingly pushed

[00:25.90]the European authorities to end the flight restrictions

[00:28.81]which have caused travel chaos in Europe and beyond.

[00:31.65]Several airlines, including KLM and Lufthansa,

[00:34.65]have expressed anger that the decision

[00:36.64]to ground flights appears to have been taken solely

[00:38.82]on the basis of the computer simulation.

[00:41.26]They say they've carried out their own test flights

[00:44.17]and reported no problems.

[00:45.34]Conscious of a need to show strong leadership

[00:47.89]over the air travel CRIsis,

[00:49.31]European Union transport ministers are expected

[00:52.21]to hold an emergency video conference on Monday.

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