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Ash Shuts German Airports as BA Applies to Fly in ‘Red Zone’

Volcanic dust from Iceland grounded flights in northern Germany as British Airways joined Ryanair Holdings Plc in arguing for a relaxation of rules that ban all operations in areas forecast to have the highest density of ash.

Airports in Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg were closed this morning as ash from the Grimsvotn volcano drifted eastward, leading to the cancellation of at least 450 flights, according to Eurocontrol, which oversees air traffic in the region. Terminals in the cities reopened as conditions eased.