December 20, 2014
Bariloche remains on alert for more ash, flights to south cancelled
International flights out of Ezeiza airport were resumed last night, while southbound domestic flights out of Jorge Newbery metropolitan airport remained cancelled. Bariloche and smaller southern towns suffered power cuts, and remained on alert as experts predicted continued ash fall.
Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral airlines maintained that, “until the conditions improve” southbound flights would remain cancelled.
Chilean geological and mining authorities, and Argentine specialists in emergencies confirmed that the complex activity of the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano had slowed down considerably, but was still releasing ash.
Last night, Route 40 and other Patagonian motorway routes were closed by authorities due to poor visibility on the roads. Electricity was cut off due to moist ash clinging to electrical pylons, which could reoccur, should more ash fall.
Yesterday the suspensión of flights in Chile and Argentina with Austral, LAN, Aerolíneas Argentinas and TAM left thousands of people unable to travel.
In Brazil more tan 50 flights programmed for Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Santiago, Lima and Asunción were suspended.
The ash cloud passed over ten Argentina provinces, however the most-affected regions were that of Bariloche and Villa La Angostura.