Cape Verde: ICAO raises alert to flights following volcanic eruption in Cape Verde

Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has placed the Cape Verdian air space on maximal alert because of ashes being spewed by a volcanic eruption on the island of Fogo, official sources told PANA on Wednesday.

Because of the frequency of volcanic ashes all over the western zone of the island, the Cape Verdian airline (TACV) on Tuesday announced it would cancel all flights to the islands of Sao Vicente and Sao Nicolau.

According to a TACV communiqué, the ash with fragments of sulphur blown by winds to the southern region - South-East - is now moving to the two islands.

"Flights to those islands will not resume unless the ashes disappear," said TACV. For now, only flights between the islands of Boavista, Sal and Praia, and on the island of Santiago will be maintained.

However, international flights will continue normally.

The Cape Verdian aviation authorities have also warned planes to avoid the air space because of the volcanic ash and gas.

Meanwhile, the volcanic eruption on the island of Fogo is escalating, causing the destruction of houses in several districts.

Local sources say that lava is continuing to be discharged and more than 10 houses could be destroyed.

26 november 2014 22:09:09

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