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Canary Islands’ airports reopen as wind and sandstorm ease

A sandstorm has hit the Canary Islands A sandstorm has hit the Canary Islands
Bennie Garza | 26 February, 2020, 14:21

Spanish airport operator Aena has advised passengers to check the status of their flight with the airline.

Flights were grounded on the Canary Islands after a huge Saharan sandstorm forced airports to close.

"We asked what was going on and they said "the flight's being cancelled because the pilot's gone over his hours", he said.

Flights to and from Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, North and South Tenerife Airport were cancelled, suspended or diverted over the weekend stranding thousands of tourists.

He travelled with his girlfriend and friends on a Tui cruise and scheduled to leave for Manchester on Saturday evening.

The sandstorm cast an orange hue over Spain's Canary Islands as temperatures rose over 30 degrees. In the February 23 image, the Canary Islands, particularly Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote, were already barely visible under the thick dust.

Meanwhile, an Irish woman stranded in Gran Canaria has said she was hopeful they would be able to fly home this afternoon. "It is the first time that so many fires have broken out in so many municipalities at the same time, and in different places", he told a news conference.

The holiday firm has apologised to customers and said it was "working tirelessly to get everyone to their destination as quickly as possible". Tui are really not looking after us very well.

A spokeswoman for BA said: "We've been looking after our customers and have offered hotel accommodation and meal vouchers to those who were due to travel on the flight to Tenerife that has been delayed by the sandstorm".

"We are asking our customers to be patient, although we understand that the situation is frustrating", Hjornholm said.

Strong winds of up to 120km / h (75 mph) carried red sand over 100 kilometers from the Sahara to the archipelago, which is popular with tourists throughout the year. "There's no information with regards a flight to take us home and when it will be here".

He told the publication: "It's all a bit surreal".

Travelers were stuck over the weekend as flights were canceled, before conditions improved overnight Sunday and flights resumed Monday morning, according to a tweet from the Transport Ministry.

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