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Volcanic Ash From Iceland Could Affect Local Airports

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By Rebecca Sheir

Tens of thousands of airline passengers are stranded, as ash clouds from a volcanic eruption in Iceland has led to the cancellation of thousands of flights in Europe. Travel in and out of the D.C. area’s airports could be affected.

The move has shut down five major airports in London, including Heathrow, which handles more than 180,000 passengers a day. Other countries seeing shutdowns and cancellations include Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Travelers from the Washington area are not being affected just yet. Baltimore-Washington International Airport is not reporting any destination-specific delays, nor are Washington Dulles International or Ronald Reagan Washington National.

Passengers taking connecting flights to Europe, however, could run in to trouble. They should check with their airlines before heading to the airport.

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