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Lima airport lighting fail sees dozens of flights canceled, diverted

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Lima’s international airport suspended flights for nearly 12 hours overnight as the lighting system on its only runway failed, affecting thousands of passengers, its operating company said Monday.

More than 120 flights to and from Peru’s main Jorge Chavez Airport had to be canceled and dozens of incoming planes were diverted to other airports in Peru or neighboring countries, Lima Airport Partners said in a statement.

Regularly scheduled flights resumed Monday morning after a short circuit in the runway lighting system was repaired.

Work is under way at the airport to build a second runway, scheduled to open by the end of the year.

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