By Deirdre Tynan • 23 September 2021 • 10:57
La Palma airport is operational but flights leaving it today have been delayed by at least one hour.
La Palma airport remains operational for now but air traffic control is carefully watching if clouds of ash from the Cumbre Vieja volcano could pose danger to aircraft using the airport.
For the moment, six flights have been delayed by at least one hour, according to Spanish airport operator AENA.
The volcano, which began spewing ash, gas and lava on Sunday, September 19, shows no sign of slowing down. Scientists predict that it will remain active for roughly 24 to 84 days.
An extended eruption could create even more havoc for the disaster hit island and force a closure of the airport. Road links across the island have been severely cut.
The lava, which is now moving at a rate of four metres per hour, is steadily creeping towards the coast. However experts are no longer sure if it will make contact with water. If it does, loud explosions and a further release of gas can be expected.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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