Cork passengers travelling to the Canaries advised to contact their airlines

Cork passengers travelling to the Canaries advised to contact their airlines

In a statement issued by Cork Airport today, the airport advised passengers to contact their airlines for the latest information, following some disruption to flights today. 

The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) are advising Irish holidaymakers travelling to or from the Canary Islands in the next 48 hours to check flight details with their travel agent, tour operator or airline.

A Saharan sandstorm from North Africa has caused mass flight cancellations to and from the Canary Islands. 

Storm Calima has reduced visibility to zero at times this weekend preventing aircraft from leaving major airports on the islands. 

In a statement issued by Cork Airport today, the airport also advised passengers to contact their airlines for the latest information, following some disruption to flights today:

"Aer Lingus has cancelled its Las Palmas flight today as the aircraft was delayed in the Canaries due to the sand storm.

"A relief aircraft is on the way from Dublin to operate the remainder of their schedule today.

"Passengers are best advised to contact their airline if travelling to the Canaries tomorrow for the latest flight information."

John Spollen, President of the ITAA, said that additional costs incurred as a result of the disruptions will be covered by airlines. 

"Irish holidaymakers will be faced with the possibility of incurred additional accommodation costs. 

"We have been assured that these costs will be covered by the airlines, within reason, and are advising all customers to claim under EU261," he said.

"We have been advised that this weather disruption should not continue for more than a day or so. However, there will be a backlog to flying holiday makers back home," he continued.

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