Early on September 25, 2021, two people are walking as lava erupts from a volcano in the Canary Islands of La Palma, Spain. (Daniel Roca / AP photo)
The round-trip flight from Madrid to La Palma, Spain, was canceled on Saturday due to volcanic ash erupting from a week-long erupting volcano.
La Palma Airport operator Aina said on Twitter that air traffic was suspended “due to ash buildup.” According to the company, other airports in the Canary Islands are still in operation.
La Palma is one of the seven islands that make up the Spanish archipelago of the Atlantic Ocean. The volcanic eruption that began last Sunday is the first eruption in 50 years in La Palma, with a population of about 85,000.
In recent years, the intensity of volcanic eruptions has increased, and three villages on the island have been evacuated further. About 7,000 people had to leave the house.
Paramedics returned from the volcano on Friday as the explosion sent extensively melted rock and ash. Lava flows have destroyed hundreds of buildings on the western side of the island.