Mexico flights cancelled as volcano erupts

2013-07-05 10:01

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Mexico City – At least six US airlines cancelled more than 40 flights into and out of Mexico City and Toluca airports on Thursday after the Popocatepetl volcano spewed out ash, steam and glowing rocks, airport officials said.

Mexico City airport spokesperson Jorge Gomez said US Airways, Delta, United, American and Alaska Airlines cancelled 47 flights as a precaution. But he said the airport otherwise continues to operate normally and that by Thursday afternoon no ash had reached the area, about 70km from the volcano.

Gomez said some of the cities affected by the cancelations are Houston, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Chicago and Los Angeles.

At nearby Toluca airport, Spirit Airlines cancelled flights from Dallas and Fort Lauderdale, said spokesperson Alejandro Munoz.

The airport, about 60km from Mexico City, also continued to operate normally, Munoz said.

Authorities registered several tremors on Thursday at the 5 450m volcano, which has been spraying a fountain of hot rock and ash for the last 24 hours.

An iconic backdrop to Mexico City's skyline on clear days, Popocatepetl sits roughly halfway between Mexico City and the city of Puebla.

- AP
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