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Last updated: 21 april, 2010 - 12:20 GMT

Ash cloud: European skies re-open but flight chaos continues

Passengers check in for a flight at Liverpool's John Lennon airport

Air travel analysts say that with almost 100,000 flights cancelled, it could be weeks before the backlog of stranded passengers is cleared

After almost a week of paralysis caused by ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland, European skies are re-opening to flights.

Almost all of European airspace is now operating, although some restrictions remain in the north.

Brian Flynn is the deputy director of Eurocontrol, the European air traffic control agency.

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Many stranded travellers have had to pay double or sometimes treble normal prices for hotels, car hire and other amenities.

How fair is it to charge people well above the going rate in these circumstances?

Newshour heard from Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel, author of Justice: What's the right thing to do? and Julian Morris, Executive Director of International Policy Network.

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First broadcast 20-21 April 2010

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