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Airlines forced to cancel more flights as lava continues to flow from La Palma volcano,


Lava continued to erupt from a new fissure in the Cumbre Vieja de la Palma volcano on Saturday, destroying everything in its path.

The ash plumes reached about three thousand five hundred meters above sea level on Friday, as clouds of dust drifted towards the airport, which has been closed for a week.

Fueled by stormy weather, these ashes continue to disrupt local businesses and tourism.

Many airline operators have canceled flights to the Spanish island. One of those operators, TUI, has announced that it will not resume flights to the island until December 16.

In a statement, TUI said: “Due to the current situation, we have unfortunately had to cancel all flights to La Palma on departure until December 15, 2021 inclusive”.

Officials say the eruption that began on September 19 could last up to three months, which could be a blow to the island’s already fragile economy.

According to the National Geographic Institute, a total of 44 earthquakes were reported in a 24-hour period between Thursday and Friday.

So far, more than 340 hectares of farmland have been destroyed by molten rock, 211 hectares of this land was covered with banana plantations.

In addition, when lava meets the sea, it triggers a chemical reaction, creating a thick fog of toxic gases.

A two-day lockdown on three resorts was lifted on November 24.

A lockdown was initially announced in the seaside towns of Tazacorte, San Borondon and parts of El Cardon last Monday, as residents were ordered to stay indoors to protect themselves from the toxic fog.

While the thick clouds of sulfur dioxide have subsided, wearing a mask in these areas is still recommended.

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