La Palma airport reopens

Canary Islands’ association with volcanic activity

La Palma volcano

Various sources report that the airport on the island of La Palma, where the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano occurred, has resumed operations. This was reported by the operator Aena on Twitter.

“Palma Airport is resuming its activities. Cleaning work continues in the territories that are still closed, ”the message says. At the same time, passengers who are going to fly to the island are recommended to clarify the status of their flight.

On September 19, AENA asked airlines to refrain from flying to three Canary Islands. The eruption on the Cumbre Vieja volcanic ridge near the settlement of El Paso began on September 19, about 1.7 thousand people were evacuated, including 500 tourists. Because of this, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez postponed his trip to the United States and headed to the Canary Islands.

RTE confirm that La Palma airport in Spain’s Canary Islands has reopened after a 48-hour closure because of volcanic ash, with airlines hoping to resume flights later in the day. Clouds of thick ash from the volcano had shut the airport on Thursday morning for the second time since the 19 September eruption.

“La Palma airport is back in operation,” Spain’s AENA airport authority tweeted yesterday, adding that cleaning work was ongoing and without saying when flights would be resumed. Local Canaries airline Binter said it was “analysing” conditions and hopeful it could resume flights later in the day. “We hope everything will be ready to operate in the next few hours,” a spokeswoman told AFP.

Thick ash had forced the airport to close down on 25 September but although it reopened 24 hours later, flights did not resume for another three days. It has been almost three weeks since La Cumbre Vieja began erupting, forcing 6,000 people from their homes as the lava has scorched its way across 1,200 acres of land.

Maurice sent over an interesting article from El Pais on the history of the development of the Canary Islands and the new eruption on La Palma. Excellent graphics too:-

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