Flights Canceled Due to Active Volcano; More to Come?

The United States may have celebrated Independence Day on the fourth of July today, but Mexico apparently had the most powerful fireworks.

Flights Canceled Due to Active Volcano; More to Come?

At least 47 flights operated by six airlines based in the United States were reportedly canceled as a precautionary measure as a result of the ash and steam spewing out of the Popocatépetl volcano earlier today — including at least four flights operated by Delta Air Lines — while no airlines based in Mexico have canceled or postponed flights, even though some delays have been reported.
Popocatépetl is located approximately 43 miles southeast of Mexico City — whose international airport has been supposedly operating at or near normal — and is approximately halfway between Mexico City and the city of Puebla.
Some FlyerTalk members remember all too well when:

  • The Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland erupted back in April of 2010, causing significant flight delays as a result
  • Two volcanoes — the Pacaya volcano in Guatemala and the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador — both erupted on May 28, 2010 and cause flight disruptions
  • Flights to Bali were suspended as Indonesia experienced volcanic activity in January of 2011

Summary

While it is not exactly known at this time what activity is expected from Popocatépetl within the foreseeable future, ensure that you keep yourself aware and monitor the latest on the volcano if you plan on traveling to or from Mexico and possibly portions of the extreme southern United States. Call the airline in advance of your flight to inquire about any service anomalies which may result of the active volcano and to keep yourself prepared in case your travel plans are consequently interrupted.

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