Grounded flights resumed and major airports reopened in South America yesterday after a looming ash cloud raised alarms over the weekend.
Airports in Argentina and Uruguay were closed over the weekend due to the dangers of the a volcanic ash lingering in the atmosphere, forcing airlines to cancel numerous international and domestic flights. Authorities in Argentina took the decision yesterday to resume flights, saying the dust cloud had dissipated sufficiently to continue services. Later in the day, airports in Uruguay reopened and major international airlines, including LAN and TAM, gradually reactivated operations through the day as the hazard subsided.
Puyehue-Cordon Caulle has been causing disruption to air traffic since June when an ash cloud over the Pacific disrupted flights across the southern hemisphere. Meanwhile, as the voclano continues to erupt, authorities are expecting more problems in the future. Chile’s Sernageomin mining and minerals authority reported to AFP, that the ash and dust that has plagued the skies over the past few months were likely to continue “given the characteristics of the present volcanic activity.”