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Iceland's volcanic ash affects Italian airports

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Airports across Europe have been shut down by airborne ash emitted during this week's volcanic eruption in Iceland, and Italy is no exception. But -- as with many things -- Italians are experiencing the disaster differently depending on whether they live in the nord or sud, reports the BBC.

In a dispatch today from Rome, the BBC's Duncan Kennedy notes that while Italy's northnermost airports (particularly those in Milan) have been completely shut down, southern ones like Aeroporto Leonardo da Vinci di Fiumicino and Aeroporto di Roma-Ciampino remain open.

However, arrival at an open airport does not guarantee an available flight to other European destinations. Instead, Kennedy notes that Rome's population is turning to creative travel solutions.

"Some taxi drivers in Rome have been taking passengers as far as Brussels, charging one euro a kilometre (or $1.33) - the distance being about 1,171 kilometres or 728 miles," Kennedy reports.

Because much of Italy's air traffic has been able to operate, he adds, the issue has not become as much of a political hot potato as it has in other nations. Click here  to read more.