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Volcanic ash disrupts Puerto Rico flights


(CNN) -- Volcanic ash led officials Tuesday to cancel dozens of commercial flights into and out of Puerto Rico.

Ports Authority Director of Aviation Arnaldo Deleo cited ash from the Soufriere volcano hovering some 10,000 feet over the Island of Montserrat as the reason for the cancellation of more than 60 flights.

Jet Blue, Delta, AirTran, Continental, US Airways, United, Spirit, American Eagle and Copa were among the airlines operating out of Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in Isla Verde and airports in Aguadilla and Ponce that were affected.

Ash emissions from the volcano have been ongoing for several weeks, according to weather and volcano monitors.

In a statement, Deleo said he hoped the air would clear sufficiently to resume operations Wednesday morning, but recommended that passengers check with their airlines.