Volcanic ash closes Mexico regional airport

AP News
Posted: Jul 12, 2013 5:41 PM
Volcanic ash closes Mexico regional airport

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An airport serving Mexico's fourth-largest city has suspended operations due to volcanic ash from the Popocatepetl volcano.

The international airport in Puebla was temporarily closed as a precautionary measure. The closure affected six domestic and international flights to Houston and Dallas, Texas.

The airport is east of Mexico City and about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the 17,886-foot (5,450-meter) volcano.

At the Mexico City airport, Alaska Airlines on Friday canceled its daily flight to and from Los Angeles.

Puebla airport spokesman Herbert Lopez Palma says that the ash could pose a risk in takeoff and landing.

Authorities said this week that a lava dome is growing inside the crater and could cause further eruptions.