Both Mexico City airports suspended all their activities early Saturday morning due to a volcanic eruption, affecting several flights bound to Puerto Escondido and the Oaxaca coast.
The eruption at the Popocatépetl volcano took place a few minutes after midnight, Puebla Civil Protection reported, adding that its emissions included water vapor, gases and ash, as well as incandescent material.
The Mexico City International Airport (AICM) suspended all activities at 4:25 a.m. due to ashfall.
By 5:58 a.m., the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) had issued a similar statement.
At least three outbound flight to the Oaxaca coast were delayed or canceled in the following hours.
VivaAerobus delayed a flight to Puerto Escondido, as did Aeroméxico with a Huatulco flight. Volaris, for its part, canceled a Puerto Escondido flight.
Conditions became optimal for operations to resume at both airports by 10 a.m. Airport officials advised affected passengers to contact their airlines to verify the status of their flight and the corresponding schedule updates.
The recent activity at Popocatépetl has raised ashfall warnings in five states, including México state, Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala and Mexico City.