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Volcanic ash continues to put brakes on LAX flights bound for Europe

April 17, 2010 | 12:08 pm
Flights between LAX and Europe continued to be canceled Saturday as a giant ash cloud left by the eruption of an Icelandic volcano blocked air pathways.

A total of 69 arriving and departing flight cancellations from airlines serving London's Heathrow airport, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Zurich have affected more than 18,000 passengers, LAX spokesman Marshall Lowe said. That number includes the 7,250 passengers stranded by Saturday’s cancellation of 15 arriving flights and 14 departing flights.

Since the Eyjafjallajokull volcano's eruption on Wednesday, the skies above Europe have been littered with a mass of ash and glass particles rising as high as 30,000 feet. Officials say the forecast for travel within the continent is uncertain.

Among those in Los Angeles awaiting to hear the status of future transatlantic flights is a team of young figure skaters who planned to represent the United States at an international competition in France next weekend. Los Angeles Ice Theater members were booked on Sunday flights via London and Paris for the 1st Nations Cup of Ballet on Ice.

Passengers traveling to or from Europe are advised to check their airline status before going to the airport.

-- Corina Knoll