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Brief radar failure creates delays at Cancun Airport

Cancun, Q.R. — A brief radar failure at the Cancun International Airport Tuesday morning caused aircraft to land at alternate airports until the system was repaired and deemed functioning normally.

The Servicio a la Navegación en el Espacio Aéreo Mexicano (Seneam) failure, which lasted less than one hour, resulted in 12 aircraft landing at alternate airports while four had their departures affected. On Tuesday morning, flights with Interjet, Volaris, Southwet, Copa United, Jet Blue, Delta, Viva Aerobús and Frontier were affected by the radar malfunction.

An Asur spokesman reported that the failure “was a few minutes on the radar of the Seneam. After 11:15, the operation returned to normal.”

The affected flights were forced to land at other airports including Cozumel, Merida and Belize before it was repaired and functioning normally.

Unofficial reports say that the Cancun Airport had problems with the satellite network.

Seneam provides assistance services to air navigation with safety, fluidity and order in Mexican airspace in accordance with applicable national and international regulations.

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