First Heathrow passengers land in UK

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The first passengers smile as they arrive on the first flight to London's Heathrow airport, from Vancouver on Wednesday morning. (Getty Images)
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Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, was reopened on April 20 after a five-day airspace shutdown caused by a giant volcanic ash cloud. (Getty Images)
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Family members and wellwishers watch the arrivals board at terminal 5, waiting for the first passengers to arrive. (Getty Images)
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The ash cloud drifted over Europe and triggered the biggest airspace shutdown across the continent since World War II, leaving hundreds of thousands of air travellers stranded abroad. (Getty Images)
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Airlines now begin the huge task of transporting thousands of stranded travellers back to their home countries. (Getty Images)