First Heathrow passengers land in UK

1 of 5
The first passengers smile as they arrive on the first flight to London's Heathrow airport, from Vancouver on Wednesday morning. (Getty Images)
2 of 5
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)
3 of 5
Family members and wellwishers watch the arrivals board at terminal 5, waiting for the first passengers to arrive. (Getty Images)
4 of 5
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)
5 of 5
Airlines now begin the huge task of transporting thousands of stranded travellers back to their home countries. (Getty Images)