Volcanic ash cancel flights in Argentina | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, June 10, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 10, 2011

Volcanic ash cancel flights in Argentina

Columns of ash from Chile's erupting Puyehue volcano forced all flights from Argentina's capital Buenos Aires and most flights from Uruguay's capital Montevideo to be grounded yesterday, airport officials told AFP.
Flights from the two largest Buenos Aires airports had been canceled for much of Tuesday in and out of Buenos Aires, a key air hub for South America, but resumed on Wednesday.
"All flights have been canceled because the ash cloud is above Buenos Aires," a spokesperson for Aeropuertos Argentinos 2000, the group that manages the area airports, told AFP.
A crisis committee will meet later in the day to evaluate the situation, said the spokesperson.
The ash cloud was some 9,000 meters above the capital, and most flights travel on average at 10,000 meters (33,000 feet), the airport official said, adding that the wind was pushing the cloud towards the northeast and could be over the Uruguayan capital Montevideo later in the day.

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