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Canary Islands storm chaos

Flights CANCELLED as gales and heavy rain hit holiday hotspot



BRITISH holidaymakers travelling to and from the Canaries have been caught up in the chaos caused by a storm which brought high winds and heavy rain to the area.  

Tenerife’s two airports were closed for more than two hours, with Tenerife South which is the island’s main tourist airport inoperative between 2.20 and 4.25pm local time after torrential rain.

More than 20 flights due to land in Lanzarote, most from the UK and Germany, had been diverted to the neighboring islands of Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria by 3pm today.

Flights to the island of La Palma, where winds reached nearly 70mph, were also affected.

Spanish airport authority Aena tweeted this afternoon: “Due to the bad storm in the Canary Islands, 24 Lanzarote flights, eight Tenerife North flights and two La Palma flights have been diverted to other regional airports.”

Planes that should have landed in the Canaries ended up as far afield as Madeira and Agadir in Morocco.


The disturbance prompted the pilot to disembark the already-delayed flight - extending passengers’ ordeal even further. 

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