Atlanta airport gets first flight from northern Europe in nearly a week

An Air France flight from Paris landed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at 3:37 p.m. Tuesday.

Such a routine flight was anything but: it was the first flight out of any of the northern and central European cities covered in volcanic ash to travel to Atlanta in nearly a week, an airport spokesman said.

While many trans-Atlantic flights from impacted cities are expected to resume Wednesday the cloud from a volcano that erupted in Iceland last Wednesday is keeping London's airports closed for another day.

Delta Air Lines canceled 50 flights to and from some cities in Europe and the United States, a spokesman for the Atlanta-based airline said.

The flights that are scheduled to leave for Europe are expected to leave on time, spokesman Anthony Black said.

Besides Atlanta, Delta had canceled European flights in and out of other major airports -- New York's JFK Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Detroit, St. Louis, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Newark and Portland.