Airport officials say at least six U.S. airlines have canceled more than 40 flights into and out of Mexico City and Toluca airports after the Popocatepetl volcano spewed out ash, steam and glowing rocks.
Mexico City airport spokesman Jorge Gomez says U.S. Airways, Delta, United, American and Alaska Airlines canceled 47 flights as a precaution. But he says the airport otherwise continues to operate normally and that no ash has reached the area.
At nearby Toluca airport, Spirit Airlines canceled flights from Dallas and Fort Lauderdale.
Toluca airport spokesman Alejandro Munoz says the airport also continues to operate normally.
Authorities registered several tremors Tuesday at the 17,886-foot (5,450-meter) volcano, which has been spraying a fountain of hot rock and ash for the last 24 hours.
In Charlotte on Thursday, US Airways cancelled its nonstop flight to Mexico City that was scheduled to depart Charlotte Douglas International Airport at 9:35 a.m. and arrive at 12:21 p.m. Mexico City time. A return flight to Charlotte that was supposed to have a layover in Phoenix before landing here at 5 p.m. Thursday was also cancelled.
Davien Anderson, a US Airways spokesperson, told the Observer that as of 5 p.m. Thursday, the airline didnt anticipate cancelling any more flights from Charlotte to Mexico City, but that the airline will reevaluate the situation as necessary.
At 6:30 a.m. Friday, the website for U.S. Airways showed that three flights from Charlotte to Mexico City were still on for Friday. Anderson recommended that passengers go to www.usairways.com to check the status of flights before heading to the airport.
The Associated Press contributed.
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