Simple Flying - Daniel Martinez Garbuno

The Popocatépetl increased its volcanic activity during the weekend.

If you had to travel during the weekend via plane in Mexico, most likely than not, you suffered some sort of disruption, either a delay, a detour, or a cancellation. This was due to an increase in the activity by the Popocatépetl, a volcano located in the triple border of the Mexican states of Puebla, Estado de México, and Morelos, not so far away from Mexico City.

The ashes sent to the sky by the volcano forced the authorities to shut down all operations at Mexico City International Airport (MEX) and Felipe Ángeles International Airport (NLU) on Saturday, creating a cascade disruption throughout the country which continued until Monday.

During the first hours of Saturday, the Popocatépetl began launching volcanic ash into the sky. The winds at the time sent these ashes directly to Mexico City, forcing the authorities to halt all operations at NLU and MEX between 04:25 and 10:00. Airlines such as Aeromexico, Volaris, Viva Aerobus, Arajet, and more, used social media to keep their passengers updated about canceled and delayed flights.

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