Travel Alert September 2017: Two Major Earthquakes in Mexico City

At least 119 fatalities were reported as a result of two major earthquakes which rocked central Mexico and Mexico City earlier today — one of which measured on the Richter scale at 7.1; and the other recorded at 6.8.

Travel Alert September 2017: Two Major Earthquakes in Mexico City

The epicenter of the more powerful earthquake occurred in the state of Puebla near Izúcar de Matamoros, which is located approximately 170 kilometers southeast of Mexico City.

Buildings toppled and crumbled exactly 32 years after a major earthquake killed thousands of people in the same region.

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As of the time this article was written, the international airport which serves the greater Mexico City metropolitan area was closed but has reportedly reopened; and the control tower suffered from damage. As a result, flights to the airport have been affected.

No definite time has been announced as to when the airport will be in full operation again — but that depends on the strength of the aftershocks which usually result after a major earthquake.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from Mexico City or central Mexico over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to these earthquakes which may adversely affect your travel plans — especially due to aftershocks. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for traffic problems due to crumbled infrastructure.

Here are seven airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of the earthquakes:

  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Mexico City for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 through Wednesday, September 20, 2017; and Saturday, September 23, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Mexico City for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 through Wednesday, September 20, 2017; and Saturday, September 23, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Mexico City for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 through Wednesday, September 20, 2017; and Saturday, September 23, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued a travel alert for Mexico City for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 through Wednesday, September 20, 2017; and Wednesday, October 4, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued a travel alert for Mexico City for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 through Thursday, September 21, 2017; and Tuesday, September 26, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Aeromexico has issued a travel alert for Mexico City for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 through Thursday, September 21, 2017; and Tuesday, October 31, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued a travel alert for Mexico City for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 through Wednesday, September 20, 2017; and Saturday, September 23, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Expect more airlines to issue travel waivers if they serve Mexico City.

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Mexico City.

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