Buenos Aires airports reopen as volcanic ash clearsOctober 18th, 2011 - 1:23 pm ICT by IANS
Buenos Aires, Oct 18 (IANS) Regular operations have gradually resumed at two airports in this capital of Argentina, where most flights had been cancelled due to ash cloud generated from Chile’s volcano eruption, authorities said.
The airports Monday returned to normal after a change of wind cleared the ash cloud over the Ezeiza International Airport and Jorge Newbery Airport, reported Xinhua.
Transportation Minister Juan Pablo Schiavi had earlier said the rescheduling of flights would take almost three days and asked passengers to stay in touch with airlines.
Since the Chilean volcano erupted in June and began spewing ash from time to time, flights over South America have been subject to frequent disturbances.
Volcanic ash is a serious hazard to aircraft, because it causes engine failure should it be sucked into the engines.
Last year, the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano led to unprecedented shutdown of air space in Europe since WWII, and affected some 8 million passengers.
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