Wed. Apr 8th, 2020

Gran Canaria Airport reopens and Tenerife South will do so in the next few hours



Gran Canaria Airport reopens and Tenerife South will do so in the next few hours who has indicated that in total 360 flights have been affected by the dense calm that has been recorded since Saturday in the islands.

Torres, at a press conference, said that it was estimated that between 12,000 and 14,000 people were affected by the cancellation of flights but the reopening of Gran Canaria and the next one of Tenerife south could reduce the number of people affected.

The Canarian president has said that the islands have faced four adverse phenomena these days (calima, winds, bad sea and risk of forest fires), and with respect to the calima, whose presence maintains the alert, has said that they do not remember episodes so dense for at least 40 years.

Regarding the forest fires that affect Gran Canaria and Tenerife, Torres has pointed out that it is foreseeable that the situation will be restored before the improvement of the meteorological conditions, and has indicated that there are aerial means, both in the islands and in the rest of the State, willing to intervene once the weather improves.

The forest fire declared on Saturday afternoon has affected the municipalities of La Aldea de San Nicolás, where it originated in the town of Tasarte, and Tejeda, while the fires this Sunday in Tenerife have affected the municipalities of La Guancha, Los Realejos, La Orotava, Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Úrsula and San Juan de la Rambla.

In total about 90 members of the UME and a hundred civil guards have participated this Sunday in the tasks of extinguishing fire in Gran Canaria, while in Tenerife they have done more than 100 agents of the Civil Guard and 50 of the UME, to which other security, Civil Protection and Red Cross bodies must also be added.

In addition, as announced by the president of the Canary Islands, about 90 troops wait in Seville to move to the islands and collaborate in the work of extinction.

“The winds have caused the worst of the fires,” lamented Torres, who recalled that this Sunday it was not possible to activate the air means, both their own and those that were prepared in other islands to move to Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

Both fires are at level 1 and “is not expected to rise” on Sunday night, in which case they will remain the responsibility of the island councils, said the president.

As for the forecast for this Monday, the islands could cease to be on alert for coastal phenomena in the next few hours, while the wind alert will be maintained although it is expected that these will lessen.

“This Sunday 34 municipalities of the Canary Islands have exceeded 90 kilometers / hour, of which 24, on all the islands, have had wind over one hundred,” said Torres, who added that as far as forest fires will continue current pre-alert that is already activated.

With regard to the calima, the alert situation is maintained although the forecast is that it goes less in the islands of La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and Tenerife, but it will not be so in the eastern province, where it will persist.

“The forecast is that we get better but we must be cautious,” said the Canarian president to celebrate that so far there has been no regret for personal injury and ensure that work will be done to know the causes of the fires.

Ángel Víctor Torres recalled that the Government has suspended classes on Monday throughout the archipelago because of the pernicious effects that calima can have on health, and whose symptoms do not occur until 48 hours after starting to breathe the sand in suspension.

Despite the reopening of the airport of Gran Canaria and the foreseeable one of Tenerife South, those of the rest of the archipelago will continue to operate normally in the departures in the next few hours but not in the arrivals, as it happened on Sunday and until the Weather situation allows.

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