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VOLCANIC ASH LEADS AIRLINES TO CANCEL FLIGHTS

July 14, 2003 – Volcanic ash dusting the atmosphere in the Virgin Islands Sunday and Monday caused several airlines to cancel flights in and out of the territory.
A Port Authority release sent at 5:30 p.m. Monday said one airline canceled flights Monday, after several had done so on Sunday.
US Airways canceled its flights scheduled to leave Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas on Monday: a 2:45 p.m. flight to Philadelphia and a 3:15 p.m. flight to Charlotte, North Carolina.
On Sunday, according to the release, all American Eagle flights to St. Croix from San Juan were canceled. On Sunday night, however, a Port Authority representative on St. Croix told the Source that no flights at Henry E. Rohlsen Airport had been affected as of 8 p.m.
Also canceled on St. Thomas Sunday, the release said, were the two scheduled USAir flights, American Eagle's 7:15 and 10 a.m. flights from San Juan, Delta Air Lines' 4:45 p.m. flight to Atlanta, and all three of LIAT's flights from St. Thomas to various Eastern Caribbean destinations.
"The Port Authority will continue to keep the public abreast of any other changes at the territory's airports," the release said. It suggested that those with immediate travel plans contact airlines directly for specific flight information.

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