- CNTV English - CCTV News

Chilean volcanic ash forces flight cancellations in Brazil

06-14-2011 14:16 BJT

BRASILIA, June 13 (Xinhua) -- Up to 60 international flights were canceled in Brazil Monday due to clouds of ash which were caused by a volcano eruption in Chile and were affecting much of the South America, authorities said.

Airport operator Infraero said Brazilian airlines TAM and Gol had canceled all flights to and from other countries in South American's southern cone for safety reasons, while foreign airlines Aerolineas Argentinas and Pluna also reported cancellations.

Most of the cancellations took place at the international airports in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

The ash clouds were now above Argentina and Uruguay and was drifting toward Brazil's southern state of Rio Grande do Sul bordering Uruguay, the Brazilian Air Force said.

The clouds was expected to remain over Buenos Aires at least until Tuesday, Argentine authorities said.

Hundreds of flights have been canceled across South America since Chile's Puyehue Volcano erupted on June 4 for the first time in 51 years, causing chaos at regional airports and stranding thousands of passengers.

The volcanic ash also led to flight cancellations in Australia and New Zealand since last weekend.


Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program