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This morning I wasn't optimistic, the volcano eruption in Iceland had strengthened and a new ash cloud was spreading south and east towards the UK. The situation has been dynamic and rapidly changing but finally the Transport Secretary Lord Adonis has reopened UK airports tonight and the first BA flight landed just before 2200 BST. He added that after the ban was lifted it would be up to airlines to bring flight schedules back on track. The decision concludes the six-day long suspension of air travel that has stranded tens of thousands of Britons overseas. The foreign office have stated that the coaches available to those using Madrid as a "Spanish hub" are still expected to return stranded people to the UK. I'm sure there will be plenty of time for a post mortem about the situation but at least people will be able to return home. Let's hope that there are no additional setbacks!