Venezuelan international airport resumes operations after fire event
Firefighters responded to the emergency promptly and managed to control the fire. Signs of the fire and smoke are visible, especially around the counters of Santa Bárbara Airlines and American Airlines
Venezuela's Simón Bolívar international airport resumed on Thursday morning full operations after a fire broke out on Wednesday morning at the conveyor belt area forcing authorities to close the airport for nearly five hours and causing delays, suspensions, and diversion to other terminals in at least 12 flights.
Airport authorities and airlines spokespersons said most delayed or suspended flights were served on Wednesday or Thursday morning.
Firefighters responded to the emergency promptly and managed to control the fire. Signs of the fire and smoke are visible, especially around the counters of Santa Bárbara Airlines and American Airlines.
In the case Santa Bárbara Airlines, flights keep their regular schedules. Passengers are welcomed and checked at the airport's national terminal through commercial ally Aserca Airlines for luggage check-in and billing.
Airport sources informed the inquiry into the fire has not concluded yet. Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.