Tenerife air space ‘unaffected’ by La Palma volcanic eruption

The air space and tourist activity in Tenerife have not been affected by Sunday’s volcanic eruption in the neighbouring Canary island of La Palma.

The Tenerife Tourist Office said it “wishes to allay fears” and transmit “a message of calm” to collaborating companies, organisations and institutions in the destination.

It pointed out that the islands of La Palma and Tenerife are different territories separated by 140 kilometres of sea.

“What is happening in La Palma therefore has no impact on Tenerife,” the tourist office added.

“In any event, the situation on the island of La Palma is completely under control by the authorities.”

Canary Islands president Angel Víctor Torres stressed that the island’s airport remains “open and safe”.

The Tenerife Tourist Office added: “There are no people at risk and the procedure for evacuating tourist accommodation and residences is fully operational, with the aim being that all the residents and visitors will have accommodation available to stay out of any type of danger.”

More than 5,500 people have been evacuated as 100 homes were destroyed due to burning lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma.

Around 500 holidaymakers have also been evacuated.

The Tenerife Tourist Office pointed out: “The Canary Islands is a volcanic territory which has access to scientific and technological instruments and personnel of the highest quality to react early any situation such as that which has occurred.

“Despite the extraordinary natural phenomenon we are experiencing, we therefore repeat that there is no danger to human life.”

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