Sunday, May 30, 2010

La Aurora Airport Closed Three More Days

The Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil announced today that La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City will remain closed for three more days. Cleanup of the ash from the eruption of Volcan Pacaya continues and the airport cannot be opened until the work is complete.

Volcanic ash is extremely destructive to jet engines and the runways and jetways must be completely cleared of the ash. The heavy rains from Tropical Storm Agatha are in some ways helping the process by keeping the dust down but make the work more difficult in other ways.

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