La Palma airport shut due to volcanic ash buildup

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Other airports in the Canary Islands' archipelago off North Africa remained open, however, and an AENA spokesperson said the ash cloud was unlikely to pose any wider risks to air travel for now.

Reuters TV footage showed the tarmac covered in volcanic ashes and dust, while AENA released footage of truck removing the ash.

Some holidaymakers tried to figure out whether they would be able to travel back, although airline check-in desks and information booths remained closed.

It is the second time that La Palma's airport has been shut due to ash buildup since the eruption began on Sept. 19.

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