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Berlin, Hamburg airports shut due to volcanic ash

BERLIN — Airports in Berlin and Hamburg have been closed due to volcanic ash from Iceland's erupting volcano.

Berlin airport spokesman Ralf Kunkel said both the German capital's airports, Tegel and Schoenefeld, were shut on Thursday evening. It wasn't immediately clear when they would reopen.

Berlin followed Hamburg's airport in shutting down. The German news agency DAPD reported that there were no takeoffs or landings in Hamburg after 8 p.m. (1800GMT) and the airport said it would remain closed until further notice.

German air traffic control said smaller airports in Bremen and Hannover also were affected and the closures were to remain in place through 8 a.m. (0600GMT) Friday.

Germany's busiest airports, Frankfurt and Munich, are located further south.

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