08 Jul '11, 4pm

Chile #volcano grounds flights in Argentina, Uruguay - Channel NewsAsia

BUENOS AIRES: Clouds of ash spewing from Chile's Puyehue volcano grounded flights on Friday at airports in the capitals of Uruguay and Argentina, where a major football tournament is being held. Scores of local and international flights were delayed or canceled in and out of Buenos Aires, regional airport authority Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 said on its web page. The Puyehue has been causing air travel mayhem since it rumbled back to life on June 4 for the first time in five decades, belching into the air an untold volume of dust and ash. Flights across South America -- including hubs in Montevideo, Chile's capital city Santiago and southern Brazil -- have been hard hit as ash clouds swept around the southern hemisphere to linger over Australia and New Zealand. The flight disruptions on Friday wreaked havoc for football fans arriving in Argentina for the July 1 -24 Copa Am...

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