Flight Delays And Cancellations Due To The Storm
The second part of the XXL holiday once again features the high-intensity rains that complicate the inhabitants of the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA). Due to the storms, several areas of the Buenos Aires suburbs woke up flooded and in CABA there were difficulties to circulate on some streets due to falling trees. In addition, the presence of lightning affected some 60 flights at the Jorge Newbery Airport and the Ezeiza Airport.
According to the National Meteorological Service (SMN), the storms will persist at least until noon, when an improvement in weather conditions is expected. The minimum temperature will be located at 16° and the maximum at 21°, accompanied by a humidity that reaches almost 90%. Although electrical activities that could cause further delays are not forecast, due to the so-called “domino effect”, the complications with the flights will continue until the afternoon.
During the first hours of the day, some 30 flights were affected at the Jorge Newbery Airport and more than 35 at the Ezeiza International Airport. The first one remained closed between 03:46 and 03:56; from 04:29 to 05:35, from 05:58 to 06:11 and from 07:35 to 07:55.
The activities on the ramp were suspended due to the electrical storm that passed through the area, causing the suspension of games. In that period, the planes that managed to land had to remain on the runway until the weather conditions improved, port sources told the Télam agency.
Due to the weather, both Aerolíneas Argentinas and Flybondi had to cancel a series of landings. From early on, the flag company had more than 12 flights affected, between diverted and delayed. Regarding takeoffs, two flights were also canceled and 30 had delays in departures.
According to information from TN, a total of seven flights to Brasilia, Punta del Este, and the provinces of Neuquén, Corrientes, Tucumán, Mendoza and Jujuy were cancelled.
On the other hand, a similar situation occurred at the Ezeiza Airport. According to information from the aforementioned media, six Flybondi flights registered delays, one was diverted to an alternative airport, while Copa Airlines canceled one flight and another was delayed. “They would not let us pass, we spent about five hours to get our luggage,” said one of the affected passengers, in communication with TN.
Until 10 in the morning, there were 18 delayed international flights, departures, and a total of 21 domestic flights. But, with the passing of the hours, the situation began to normalize little by little.
After 7:00 p.m., the departures of international flights had already normalized in Ezeiza. However, there were still at least 15 cabotage flights that continued with delays at Aeroparque.
The passengers who were waiting in Ezeiza
One of the Lufthansa flights from Frankfurt had to be diverted. Those of Air Europa from Madrid, ITA from Rome, Level from Barcelona, Avianca from Bogotá, Aerolíneas Argentinas from Punta Cana were also delayed.
“The fluctuation of the alerts do not allow the loading of fuel or the handling of luggage on the runway,” sources from Aeropuertos Argentina informed Infobae.
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This morning, the storm caused the fall of a tree between Paraguay and Aráoz streets, in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo. There, several branches were attached to the electricity cables, which generated moments of nervousness among the residents of the area. After the fall, the crown and trunk of the huge bush cut off vehicular traffic, causing traffic complications.
The fall of a tree cut the street in Palermo. (Video: Twitter)
The heavy rains impacted the west and center of the Buenos Aires suburbs, where some areas had to be evacuated due to overflowing streams, the head of the province’s Civil Defense, Fabián García, explained to Télam. ”Rainfalls of varying intensity have been recorded, although there was an abundant fall of water. In San Justo, rainfall reached 144 millimeters and in Brandsen it reached 141 millimeters, while in Ezeiza 132.7 millimeters fell,” said the official regarding the amount of water accumulated from 9 on Thursday to 9 this Friday.
Through information disseminated on its social networks, the Buenos Aires agency indicated that 119 millimeters of water fell in San Vicente; 115 in Chascomús, 114 in Benito Juárez, 113.2 in Lobos, 113 in Merlo, 98 in Mercedes and 91 in Costa Esmeralda.
Meanwhile, the storm caused flooding in the city of Ingeniero Budge, in the Lomas de Zamora district of Buenos Aires. Also, to the north of the province of Buenos Aires, there were flooded streets in towns such as Beccar and Virreyes, according to what some users published on Twitter.
This is how the streets of Ingeniero Budge, Lomas de Zamora district, were left
Also, in the municipality of Lanús, several flooded areas were recorded, such as at the intersection of Avenida San Martín and General Hornos, where accumulated rainwater covered the sidewalks. The same scenario was replicated in the city of La Plata and Ensenada.
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