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18 October 2011 11:01
Buenos Aires suspended all flights on Sunday because of the presence of ash from neighboring Chile's Puyehue volcano
The Jorge Newbery airport in Buenos Aires suspended all flights on Sunday because of the presence of ash from neighboring Chile's Puyehue volcano, which disrupted global travel when it erupted earlier this year. "We need the ash cloud to pass" before the airlines operating out of the airport, which serves domestic and regional flights, resume their operations, Transport Secretary Juan Pablo Schiavi told local television. The city's other major airport, Ezeiza, in the southern suburbs, was however still open for international flights, the official said. Argentina's LAN airline said in a statement that domestic flights were most affected, including routs to Mendoza on the steps of the Andes mountains toward the Chilean border, and Ushuaia in the far south. Air traffic in the southern hemisphere has been hit hard in recent months, paralysing airports in Buenos Aires and Montevideo and later those in Australia and New Zealand, when the volcano high in the Andes roared back to life in June after sleeping dormant for half a century. Since June most airports in Argentina have been forced into shutdowns at some point due to dangerous ash clouds threatening the safety of commercial airliners.
Please note that since last year's Volcanic Ash incident, our Policy Wording has been amended to exclude any claims relating to Volcanic Ash. Therefore, there is no cover under any section of the policy and we are afraid our clients are no longer covered for any claims arising as a result of travel disruptions, cancellations or delays due to volcanic ash clouds or volcanic eruptions, regardless of whether airspace has been closed or not.
Our resident travel insurance specialist, Martin Rothwell, is working hard with insurers to launch a range of new and improved policy options which will give our customers the option to cover their holidays against claims arising from volcanic ash and we hope to have more details before travel insurance bookings start to flood in for the 2012 holiday season.
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