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As volcanic ash slowly clears, five flights to Europe scheduled to depart LAX

April 19, 2010 | 12:27 pm

Five flights were expected to depart Monday from Los Angeles International Airport en route to Europe, the first departures in four days from LAX to the continent, an airport spokesman said.

A cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano has shut down much of Europe’s airspace since Thursday, stranding hundreds of thousands of travelers, including some at LAX, where scores of departing and arriving flights have been canceled.

But on Monday, five Europe-bound departures were scheduled to take off, said Marshall Lowe, an LAX spokesman. They were two Lufthansa flights, two British Airways flights and an Air Tahiti Nui run to Paris, Lowe said.

The five represent less than half the total number of flights normally scheduled to leave for Europe, the spokesman said.

All 13 flights scheduled to arrive at LAX from Europe on Monday were canceled.

Since the flight stoppage began Thursday, more than 100 departures and arrivals have been canceled at LAX, affecting more than 24,000 passenger, the airport says.

“People should check with their respective airlines before coming to the airport,” Lowe said.

-- Patrick J. McDonnell