Volcanic ash closes 5 airports in Morocco

11 May 2010

(MENAFN) Moroccan civil aviation authorities said that five airports across the kingdom: Casablanca, Rabat-Sale, Tangiers, Tetouan and Essaouira were closed to guarantee a maximum level of security for passengers, AP reported.

Volcanic ash from Iceland wound its way down to North Africa and curled over to Turkey, forcing authorities to shut down Casablanca airport in Morocco as well as airports in Spain and airspace over Turkey.

Morocco’s airports were not affected last month when the April 14 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokul volcano forced at least a five-day suspension of air traffic in Europe.

The ash was also causing havoc in nearby Spain, forcing airports to shut down in the Canary islands of Tenerife, La Palma and La Gomera, affecting dozens of tourist flights. On the Spanish mainland, airports at Seville and Jerez in the south and Badajoz in the east were closed.

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