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Travelers taking convoluted journeys in Europe

VIENNA (AP) -- Flying into and out of Europe continues to be difficult if not impossible due to volcanic ash wafting its way across the continent from Iceland.

Stranded travelers are trying everything.

Madrid has become a major hub. Spain remains one of the few European countries unaffected by the ash cloud.

Across Europe, travelers are finding prices skyrocketing as they try to rent cars to drive to airports where they might be able to get flights home. But legions of other travelers are simply stranded.

At Frankfurt Airport, an airport spokesman says almost 500 passengers -- most from Africa or Asia with no visas for the EU -- are spending their fourth day in a transit area.

Stranded Europeans trying to get home are also having problems.

At South Korea's Incheon International Airport, frustrated passengers blocked a Korean Air ticketing counter and demanded a meeting with company officials to arrange travel to anywhere in Europe.

Meanwhile, Germany's aviation authority has granted Lufthansa permission to fly 50 planes back to Germany with about 15,000 passengers aboard.

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