by Michael J. Shapiro | September 16, 2014
Mexico's Los Cabos International Airport has been shut down because of weather conditions and damage sustained from Hurricane Odile, and will remain closed at least until Sept. 22, based on a notice from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. According to local reports, Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto said that military-operated airlifts were scheduled to begin this afternoon to bring stranded Mexican and international tourists to airports in Tijuana (in the north of Baja California) and Manzanillo (south of the peninsula, in the state of Colima). Mexican authorities estimated that 30,000 tourists are in La Paz and Los Cabos, 26,000 of whom were visiting from other countries. As of Monday night, there were no confirmed weather-related deaths in the region, but 135 people have been treated for injuries. Hurricane Odile was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday night, and hazardous weather conditions have continued. Based on local reports and photos emerging from the region, many resorts sustained extensive damage, including Hyatt Place Los Cabos, Hilton Los Cabos and Meliá Los Cabos.