Spain travel warning for Britons as airport forced to suddenly close

An airport on the Spanish island of La Palma has been forced to close, with a travel warning issued for all Britons.

Flights to and from the popular tourist destination of La Palma have now been canceled following an ash cloud from a volcanic eruption that lasted for a week.

La Palma airport operator Aena said on Twitter that air traffic was suspended “due to the build-up of ash” in the air, reports the Echo.

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They said: “At the moment, La Palma airport is inoperative due to the accumulation of ash.

“The rest of the Canary Islands airports are still operating. There are airlines that suspend their flights to La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife Norte and Tenerife Sur.”

The company said other airports in the Canary Islands are still operational.

La Palma is one of the seven islands that make up the Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean.

The volcanic eruption that began last Sunday is the first in 50 years in La Palma, which has a population of around 85,000.

The intensity of the eruptions has increased in recent days, causing the evacuation of three additional villages on the island. Almost 7,000 people had to leave their homes.

Emergency crews withdrew from the volcano on Friday as explosions sent molten rock and ash over a large area.

Lava flows have destroyed hundreds of buildings on the west side of the island.

The British Foreign Office said: “On Sunday September 19, 2021, around 3:15 pm local time, there was a volcanic eruption on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma. The immediate areas of Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte and El Paso were evacuated.

“If you are in an affected area, you should follow the advice of local authorities, including social media updates from Cabildo de La Palma.

“If you are planning to visit the island imminently, we encourage you to contact your tour operators / airlines.”

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