A300AA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 394 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2798 times:
All flights to TGU were cancelled today due to the smoke in the airport area.
Airport has been closed all day, and it seems that this will continue for the whole week.
AA flight was over cuba when they had to come back to MIA.
HR001 From Honduras, joined Nov 2004, 303 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2786 times:
There is a lot of smoke in most of Central America, Due to the limitations of the Airport in TGU the airport has been closing on and off for the last 5 days. but today is the worst day so far with visibility less than a mile.
LatinAviation From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1279 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2476 times:
Honduras Congress Seeks Commercial Traffic At US Airfield
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP)--Honduras' Congress has approved a measure asking President Ricardo Maduro to open a U.S. military airfield outside the country's capital to commercial traffic while the country's airport remains closed due to smoke from widespread forest fires.
Congress' 128 members from five parties approved the measure unanimously Tuesday night, but neither the president nor representatives of the U.S. Embassy have commented on the request.
The U.S. constructed the Enrique Soto Cano base, known popularly as the Palmerola, in 1983. It houses 450 U.S. soldiers.
The base possesses the best airstrip in Honduras, measuring about 2,700 meters long and 50 meters wide. It is capable of receiving the largest airplane built by the U.S., the C-5A transport plane.
The government has closed Honduras' principal airport, the Toncontin International Airport in Tegucigalpa, off and on for three weeks due to low visibility caused by widespread forest fires.
In addition to affecting flights, the fires have provoked an increase in bronchial illnesses among the population, while raising temperatures as high as 41 degrees Celsius.