Wednesday 27 September 2023

Flight Delays and Cancellations After Turrialba Volcano Eruption

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Photos of Friday morning’s eruption of the Turrialba Volcano by the Comision Nacional de Emergencias Facebook page.

QCOSTARICA – Some airlines cancelled, others delayed or diverted flights on Friday due to ashfall in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) after the last the eruption of the Turrialba volcano at 7:27am.

Ennio Cubillo, director of Civil Aviation, confirmed that the Juan Santamaria International airport (SJO) is operating normally, however, some airlines decided on the action either to delay, divert or cancel flights arriving or leaving from the San Jose airport.

Aeris, the airport manager, reported that several airlines have cancelled flights. United cancelled for today (Friday) flight 1082 from Newark and flight 1081 and 1565 from Houston.  Both the latter flights are on the arrivals table, yet the airline websites show the cancellation.

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united-cancel0may20 provides latest flight information for the San Jose airport.

If you have plans to travel to Costa Rica (or are in Costa Rica) today and in the coming days, check with your airline for the status of your flight before leaving for the airport.

Cubillo added that the national weather service – the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) – reports no presence of ash at the air terminal. Silvia Chaves, spokesperson for Aeris, said airlines can make their own decisions on the operations of their flights.
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