LONDON – Hundreds of flights have been canceled from most airports due to heavy rain brought to the Canary Islands by Tropical Storm Hermine from the Atlantic. The information was provided by Aena, the company that manages airports in Spain. Most of the cancellations affected two Tenerife airports.
Residents of the Canary Islands and visiting tourists are still struggling with the effects of post-tropical cyclone Hermine. Following the elemental attack, resulting in downpours, landslide rocks fell on cars and also damaged houses.
Although the phenomenon has subsided, weather warnings remain in effect in many parts of the archipelago. The situation at airports is already normalizing and no more flight cancellations were reported on September 28.
Many travelers still stay on the islands. This is why few airlines are organizing “relief flights” to deal with the backlog of canceled trips.
The Canary Islands are one of the main tourist destinations in Spain. According to the region’s autonomous government, more than 1.2 million people in total arrived in the Atlantic archipelago by airlines in July. Most of them were British – 462,000.
Tropical Storm Ermine
A tropical wave was monitored by the NHC on September 22 and emerged off the coast of West Africa in the tropical Atlantic east of Cabo Verde. It quickly organized, becoming a tropical depression, then strengthened into Tropical Storm Hermine six hours later.
It is one of the few recorded tropical cyclones (dating back to 1851) to form this far east and move between the Cape Verde Islands and the African coast. Development beyond a weak tropical storm was blocked by southwest shear as it moved north.
Hermine brought heavy rain to the Canary Islands, causing localized flooding and downed trees. Nearly 900 flights have been canceled across the archipelago.
Nearly 900 flights canceled
Exactly 890 flights have been canceled since last Saturday, and 109 have been diverted to other airports. The first cancellations began on September 24. To date, 79 flights have been canceled and 36 have been diverted.
The worst day for passengers was Sunday September 25, when 550 flights were canceled that day and 52 were redirected to other airports. Monday (September 26) brought a slight improvement in the weather, but still, 241 flights were canceled and 21 were redirected to safer destinations.
End of the Hermine Storm
After three days of torrential rains and flooding, the extreme weather has finally calmed down. The weather improved and flights resumed. All the islands have been downgraded to a “green” risk level by the Spanish meteorological authorities.
The arrivals and departures trackers at Tenerife North Airport and Tenerife South Airport show normal service, as well as at other airports in the Canary Islands.
Can I claim compensation in this case?
In general, in the event of canceled flights, passengers can seek compensation from the air carriers.
However, in the event of difficulties such as tropical storms, storms, hurricanes, etc., weather events, the airline has the right not to pay compensation for flight delays and cancellations. It refers to events that are neither caused nor preventable by man.
But airlines should still provide assistance to passengers like accommodation or rebooking or changing the ticket to another route if the flight was affected by weather conditions.