Cancun, Q.R. — Nearly 200 flights have been delayed or canceled due to Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico City.
Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City has so far, caused the cancellation of more than 180 flights at the International Airport of Mexico City (AICM). Of these flights, at least 11 involved flights to and from the capital city to Cancun.
The Mexico City Benito Juarez airport suffered extensive damage as a street around the airport was split open. Inside the airport, automatic doors stopped working due to heaved pavement, while inside, many areas suffered damage such as shattered floors and broken glass.
A report from the Cancun International Airport (AIC) says they have been accepting diverted Mexico City flights, receiving aircraft from Miami, Orlando, Paris, Rome and London because they were unable to land at AICM.
Seven Aeromexico flights to and from Cancun have also been affected as well as 16 Interjet flights including 3300 Mexico-Cancun and 2311 Cancun-Mexico. Interjet has also had to divert six flights to other airports while four were forced back to their destination.
Volaris reported 13 cancellations, including 704 Mexico-Cancun and 717 Cancun-Mexico flights, as well as diverting two planes to alternate airports.
Cancun has been the alternate airport for an Aeromexico flight from Miami, another Jet Blue arriving from Orlando, one from Air France arriving via Paris, one from Alitalia from Rome and one from British Airways from London.
The Cancun International Airport (AIC) said yesterday 311 aircraft — 152 national and 159 international — moved 46,000 passengers.