La Aurora Airport in Guatemala reopens operations after volcanic eruption

The La Aurora international airport, in the Guatemalan capital, resumed operations today after the suspension of flights caused by the eruption of the Fuego volcano on Sunday, which left 30 dead and 1.7 million affected.

The head of the Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC), Francis Argueta, said the runway was reopened after reconnaissance flights by helicopter.

The official explained that the runway restarted operations with a humanitarian airlift from the company Aeroclub de Guatemala to attend to the victims.

Commercial flights, he said, resumed at 0930 local time (1530 GMT) with some irregularities.

The planes that land will turn off the engines on the runway and from there they will be towed by special teams to the boarding gates.

Argueta recommended to the people who were affected by the flight suspension to go to the travel agencies to inform them about the reprogramming of the flights.

The violent eruption of the Fuego volcano left death and destruction. At the moment, 30 dead, 46 injured and 1.7 million affected are counted


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