Flights resume in Argentina after 10-day volcanic ash chaos

10:12, June 16, 2011      

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Passengers wait for checking in for flights at Jorge Newbery airport in Buenos Aires,capital of Argentina on June 15, 2011.All international and domestic flights from Argentina's capital on Wednesday resumed normal schedules after 10 days of chaos due to the ashes caused by the eruption of the Puyehue Volcano in neighboring Chile.(Xinhua/Telam)

All international and domestic flights from Argentina's capital on Wednesday resumed normal schedules after 10 days of chaos due to the ashes caused by the eruption of the Puyehue Volcano in neighboring Chile, officials said.

The national Aerolineas Argentinas, Austral and Chile's LAN airline group all returned to normal flight schedules out of the Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport and the Jorge Newbery Metropolitan Airport, which mostly is used for domestic and regional flights.

LAN started to normalize operations since 8:30 a.m. local time (1130 GMT) but were still reporting some delays on flights to and from both airports, while Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral airlines resumed flights at 11:30 a.m. (1430 GMT), airline officials told Xinhua.

Aerolineas Argentinas resumed international flights to Mexico City, Miami and Madrid, and said an extra flight is scheduled to Miami Wednesday afternoon to start to normalize the travels for over 1,000 passengers who were stranded since the Puyehue Volcano on June 4 erupted for the first time since 1960.

Over 1,600 flights have been delayed or canceled throughout the past 10 days because the volcanic ashes from Puyehue caused safety risks in the airspace across all the southern part of South America.

Source: Xinhua

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