Mexican volcano ash suspends flights at Puebla airport

Reuters News
Posted: May 08, 2013 2:19 PM

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Flights to and from the airport of Puebla, a major city southeast of Mexico City, were halted on Wednesday morning as ash from the nearby Popocatepetl volcano covered the runway, a state government official said.

"It'll be closed until further notice," said Irving Gonzalez, a spokesman from the state government.

The 17,900-feet (5,450-metre) Popocatepetl, which lies some 50 miles southeast of the capital, closed Puebla airport in May last year when it spewed an ash cloud.

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(Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Vicki Allen)