Airport operator Aena confirmed on Sunday that it diverted all incoming flights amid the poor visibility, but some outbound flights from Fuerteventura and Lanzarote were operating.
Due to an extremely heavy sandstorm air traffic on the Canary Islands has been massively affected since the weekend. Due to very poor visibility and high local wind speeds, operations at all airports are currently suspended. More info: https://t.co/Wi7XFcIjVVpic.twitter.com/XIYEcajbW3
Many tourists took to social media to say they were stranded and pictures showed huge queues forming at airports as people waited for flights to resume. Some called the weather phenomenon "apocalyptic", while others said it was "like living on Mars".
Suffering the worst sandstorm from Sahara that we remember in the Canary Islands. It's like living on Mars 🏜️