Air France says it will open routes from Tuesday

PARIS, April 19 Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:24pm EDT

PARIS, April 19 (Reuters) - Air France (AIRF.PA) said on Monday it would start resuming suspended flights from Tuesday after European authorities agreed to ease restrictions caused by the threat of ash from an Icelandic volcano.

The French carrier will operate a full slate of long-haul flights from Paris airports Charles de Gaulle and Orly on Tuesday, and overnight flights leaving for Paris on Monday will reach the French capital on Tuesday though with some delays.

Most domestic flights will operate normally from Paris and European flights from Charles de Gaulle will resume from 1000 GMT, the airline said in a statement.

The announcement came after control agency Eurocontrol said it would ease a blanket ban on flights in much of northern Europe by splitting airspace into areas where airlines could fly with the support of expert data, and other prohibited areas.

"The decision of French and European authorities to open corridors in European airspace allows Air France to resume its operating schedule gradually," Air France said.

Air France is the sister airline of Dutch carrier KLM. (Writing by Tim Hepher)

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