Volcano in the Canaries: La Palma airport closed again because of the ash cloud

the essential La Palma airport was again closed Thursday morning due to the ash cloud caused by the eruption of the volcano.

The airport on the Spanish island of La Palma was closed again on Thursday morning due to the ash cloud caused by the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano which has lasted for two and a half weeks, told AFP the manager of Spanish airports (Aena). “The airport is no longer operational for the moment,” said an Aena spokesperson, adding that it was necessary “to clean up the ashes” which are piling up on the runways before it can be reopened. This closure, the second since the volcano erupted on 19 September, “may not last long,” added the spokesperson.

As early as Wednesday evening, the airline Binter had warned that it was canceling its flights. “Tomorrow, October 7, all our flights with La Palma are canceled. This suspension will last until conditions improve and we can fly safely,” tweeted Wednesday evening the airline Binter. It was then imitated by its competitor Canaryfly who indicated on the same social network: “Important information: we are once again temporarily suspending all our flights to and from La Palma”. Briefly interrupted on 25 September due to the deterioration of security conditions, air links with the island had gradually resumed.

The eruption of Cumbre Vieja, which began on 19 September without causing any deaths or injuries, resulted in the evacuation of more than 6000 people and caused enormous damage on this small island of 85 inhabitants. More than 1000 buildings have been destroyed by the lava covering 422 hectares of the island and has even created a sea projection of some 39 hectares by solidifying in contact with water, according to the latest data provided to AFP by the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute (Involcan).

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