Lima to Buenos Aires flights cancelled due to volcanic ash

Peruvian airport authorities have cancelled flights between Lima and Argentine capital Buenos Aires due to an ash cloud from Chile’s Puyehue volcano, which erupted earlier this month.

On Monday, eight flights had been cancelled, while authorities had not said when they expect them to resume, daily El Comercio reported.

The Puyehue volcan erupted on June 4 and has affected travel plans for thousands in South America, including Peruvian president-elect Ollanta Humala.

Humala began traveling around South America last week after he clinched Peru’s June 5 election against opponent Keiko Fujimori. He first stopped in Brazil to meet Presisdent Dilma Roussef and Inacio Lula da Silva, and later traveled to Uruguay where he met with President Jose Mujica as part of his initiative to solidify relations with regional leaders.

Humala was due to fly to Buenos Aires where he plans to meet with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, but his flight was cancelled due to the ash. Instead, Humala has decided to travel by boat to the Argentine capital.

Humala is scheduled to travel on Wednesday to Chile to meet with President Sebastian Piñera.

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