The Benito Juárez International Airport, Mexico City, announced on Saturday, May 20th, the closure of operations due to the presence of volcanic ash from the Popocatépetl.
#AICMinforma— @AICM_mx (@AICM_mx) May 20, 2023
Por presencia de ceniza volcánica el aeropuerto cerró operaciones a partir de la 4:25 horas. Estaremos informando
On Saturday, May 20th, around 9 AM ET, the airport authorities reported in a new tweet that “for the security of air operations,” the closure would be extended for two more hours. “AICM staff and airlines, we are carrying out the review and cleaning of runways and taxiways,” they indicated.
The Popocatépetl volcano, in central Mexico, is one of the most dangerous active volcanoes in Latin America. It resumed its eruptive activity in 1994 and the authorities maintain its status as a latent risk of causing a major eruption and causing damage.
At the beginning of May, the Government of Mexico urged the population not to approach the volcano because 143 exhalations accompanied by water vapor, volcanic gases, and ash were detected.
#AeroméxicoInforma: Lo más importante para nosotros es tu seguridad. El @AICM_mx informa que debido a ceniza volcánica las operación se encuentran totalmente suspendidas. Te invitamos a tomar precauciones y consultar el estatus de tu vuelo en: https://t.co/lUMVTHpb82— Aeroméxico (@Aeromexico) May 20, 2023
Different airlines such as Aeromèxico, Volaris, and Vivaerobus, just to mention a few, are posting on their social networks information related to this situation.