La Palma airport is currently inoperative due to the accumulation of ash on the landing and take-off runway. This was announced this Thursday by Spanish Airports and Air Navigation (AENA), which has applied the established protocols for one more day, prioritizing the safety of users. They also clarify that the rest of the airports in the Canary Islands are still operating.
The air quality of La Palma will “get worse” in the next few hours and the ashes may affect the airport
Since this Wednesday, the two airlines that operate flights between La Palma and the rest of the islands, Binter and Canaryfly, have suspended the planned flights due to the evolution of the ash cloud from the volcano’s eruption.
The two airlines have been forced to make this decision due to force majeure, since the situation of suspended ash has worsened considerably and it is expected to continue like this at least until this Thursday, which does not allow operations to develop. with the necessary security requirements.
Both are attentive to the meteorological evolution to recover the activity as soon as possible in safety conditions.
Naviara Armas reinforces its connections with La Palma
Naviera Armas Trasmediterránea has reported that it is reinforcing its activity with two daily rotations to La Palma, leaving Los Cristianos from Monday to Friday at 8:45 am and 7:45 pm (local time).
On Saturday the departure will be at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 8:45 a.m., the company has specified in a statement, in which it details that the departures from La Palma will be from Monday to Friday at 4:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., on Saturday at 04:00 and on Sunday at 13:30.
With this new program, Naviera Armas Trasmediterránea meets the official requests and those of its clients, to ensure, above all, the transport of ro-ro cargo due to the special circumstance that the volcanic eruption that occurs in La Palma is supposing.
This reprogramming allows adding an additional frequency from the port of San Sebastián de La Gomera from Monday to Thursday at 11.30 a.m. and at 1.45 p.m. from Los Cristianos, except on Fridays when the departure from Los Cristianos will be at 15.30 hours, adds the note.
The Volcán de Taburiente ferry sails at a sustained speed of 22 knots and has a capacity for 1,500 passengers and 1,200 linear meters of ro-ro cargo and 305 cars.
Volcanic activity remains “stable”
The activity of the volcano has remained stable during the last hours, with “constant behaviors” and the lava flowing through a single stream in a fluid way.
According to the latest situation report from the Department of Homeland Security, published at 06:00 GMT, “although the number of earthquakes and their magnitude have decreased in recent hours, there are still movements felt by the population and that could originate small collapses of the laundry in sloping areas “.
The lava delta or fajana created by the fall of lava on the ocean waters continues its growth in a north-south direction and already occupies an area of about 38 hectares.
The report, which uses as sources the Government of the Canary Islands and the General Directorate of Civil Protection and the National Geographic Institute, recalls that a lava tube has been formed that allows the direct exit of lava to the sea, “which makes the width of the casting does not increase and, therefore, does not affect more constructions “.
The area affected by the runoffs is almost 422 hectares.
On the other hand, the emission of volcanic ash reaches a height of 3,000 meters and the wind directs it towards the northeast.
Due to the presence of ash, the aforementioned airlines have decided to cancel their operations on La Palma for this Thursday, although “the airport remains operational and will continue to be, as long as there is no ash precipitation that cannot be cleaned.”
Meanwhile, the wave of solidarity with those affected continues, which through donations from individuals, entities and private companies around the world, has already raised more than 4.1 million euros, according to the Cabildo de La Palma.
From this Wednesday the online auction of the shirts of the Spanish soccer team signed by the players is open, an initiative of the Spanish Football Federation to raise funds for those affected.