Massive sandstorm strands travelers in Canary Islands
21:35, Monday, 24 February, 2020
Travelers in the Canary Islands face continued disruption Monday morning following a massive sandstorm that blew in from the Sahara Desert over the weekend. The popular holiday destination, which is part of Spain but lies off the coast of Morocco and Western Sahara, was struck by winds known as "la calima," which blow huge amounts of dust and sand across the Atlantic Ocean. Airports were closed due to the storm, which made it impossible for planes to take off or land."Industry professionals cannot remember such adverse meteorological conditions for air travel in the Canary Islands," tweeted Spanish Transport Minister José Luis Abalos Sunday. Travelers were stuck over the weekend as flights were canceled, before conditions improved overnight Sunday and flights resumed Monday morning, according to a tweet from the Transport Ministry.However airport operator Aena tweeted Monday that passengers should check the status of their flight with their airline, as travel could still be disrupted. Many British travelers were affected as families tried to get home at the end of the half-term school vacation.