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Flights To TGU Cancelled

Tue Apr 26, 2005 6:33 am

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
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RE: Flights To TGU Cancelled

Tue Apr 26, 2005 6:39 am

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.

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BBADXB
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RE: Flights To TGU Cancelled

Tue Apr 26, 2005 11:54 am

Excuse my ignorance, but where does this smoke come from? Is it caused by burning timber, or is it just fog/clouds? Thanks for your clarifications.
 
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RE: Flights To TGU Cancelled

Tue Apr 26, 2005 1:09 pm

Quoting BBADXB (Reply 2):
but where does this smoke come from?

During the dry season [from mid Dec until mid May] people burned grass, sugar cain, etc. Obviously is an irresponsible act.
'Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind'. Albert Einstein
 
latinaviation
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RE: Flights To TGU Cancelled

Tue Apr 26, 2005 9:04 pm

This always happens this time of the year, unfortunately.

Carlos - Sat, Apr 30 is Capt Cox's last flight to TGU, he is flying back on Sun. They are doing the fire trucks for him in TGU, as well. That is... if the flights make it down there!
 
HR001
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RE: Flights To TGU Cancelled

Tue Apr 26, 2005 11:30 pm

Thanks for the news Brian will try to make it on Sunday, Today 4-26 thing are better the airport is open since dawn, still with reduced visibility but today's flights should be normal.



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2travel2know
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RE: Flights To TGU Cancelled

Wed Apr 27, 2005 12:41 am

If Tegucigalpa's airport was Palmerola Sotocano Comayagua - MHSC (?) instead of Toncontín TGU, would it have the same problems?
I don't work for COPA Airlines!
 
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RE: Flights To TGU Cancelled

Wed Apr 27, 2005 1:30 am

2travel2now: No soto cano is operational, the problem is that TGU has mountains close by, so it's operational ceilings are reduced compared to other airports. Vertical Visibility limit is 3 kms!!.
 
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RE: Flights To TGU Cancelled

Thu Apr 28, 2005 3:51 am

More information:

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.