Flights were delayed and canceled in Uruguay on Wednesday for a second day in a row due to volcanic ash from the eruption of the Puyehue volcano in Chile, airport authorities said.
At Carrasco International "there was a TACA flight canceled in the early morning, American Airlines delayed its flight coming in from Miami due to ash and then canceled it; and another flight from Rosario (Argentina) was canceled," said an airport official who added that the schedule was now closer to normal.
An Iberia flight from Madrid arrived with three hours delay, the official added.
Since the volcano's eruption on June 4, air travel in much of the southern cone of South America, and as far away as Australia, has been periodically disrupted by ash clouds streaming east out of the Chilean Andes.
Authorities in Buenos Aires and Santiago did not report ash related problems on Wednesday.
Chile's National Geology and Mining Service said that ashes from the Puyehue -- which continues belching, though at a lower intensity -- could affect air travel for months.
The decision to delay or cancel flights is made by the airlines over concern about how the fine ash might affect aircraft engines.
by Stuart Williams
(c) 2011 AFP
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