Another Earthquake in Mexico; Revised Travel Waivers From Airlines

As if the people of central and southern Mexico did not endure enough suffering from the earthquakes and aftershocks they experienced this past Tuesday, September 19, 2017, another earthquake which measured 6.1 on the Richter scale rocked southern Mexico yesterday — interrupting the search for survivors.

Another Earthquake in Mexico; Revised Travel Waivers From Airlines

At least 307 fatalities were reported as a result of the earthquakes and aftershocks which occurred within the past week — as well as billions of dollars in damage — and the totals are expected to continue to increase.

The epicenter of the more powerful earthquake occurred in the state of Oaxaca 18 kilometers south southeast of Matias Romero, which is located approximately 600 kilometers southeast of Mexico City — but despite the distance, people in the central and southern regions of Mexico are still on edge, fearing more tremors occurring in the near future.

As shown in the map at the top of this article, tremors were felt as far away as Mexico City and portions of Guatemala.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from Mexico City or central or southern 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 eight 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 Tuesday, September 26, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 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 Tuesday, September 26, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 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 Tuesday, September 26, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 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 Tuesday, September 26, 2017; and Tuesday, October 10, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Avianca has issued a travel alert for Mexico City for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 through Tuesday, September 26, 2017; and Tuesday, October 31, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin — with the exception of the days between Sunday, October 1, 2017 and Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
  • LATAM has issued a travel alert for Mexico City for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 through Sunday, September 24, 2017; and Monday, October 9, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Iberia has issued a travel alert for Mexico City for flights through Tuesday, October 3, 2017; and Tuesday, October 3, 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 Tuesday, September 26, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

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 central and southern Mexico.

Source: The United States Geological Survey.

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