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After earthquake, some airlines allow Mexico City travelers to change tickets without paying fees

After earthquake, some airlines allow Mexico City travelers to change tickets without paying fees
People evacuated from office buildings gather in Reforma Avenue after a 7.1 earthquake rocked Mexico City on Tuesday. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)

Some airlines are allowing Mexico City travelers to change their tickets without paying fees after a deadly and powerful earthquake measuring 7.1 rocked central Mexico on Tuesday.

More than 100 people died when homes and businesses collapsed across hundreds of miles, according to an L.A. Times story.

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Delta Air Lines is waiving change fees for travelers with tickets to, from or through Mexico City on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to its website.

American Airlines and United Airlines also will waive fees for travelers ticketed Tuesday and Wednesday (check the change rules on their respective websites).

Alaska Airlines wrote in response to a question on Twitter at 4:08 p.m. Tuesday: "At this time there is no waiver. We are planning on having flights to/from MEX tomorrow."

Anyone with plans in the next few days to fly in or out of Mexico City should check with their airline before heading to the airport.

Mexico City's airport (MEX), a.k.a. Benito Juárez International Airport, temporarily stopped operations for several hours Tuesday after the quake to give crews time to evaluate the buildings for safety. Social media reports show a road into the airport buckled.

The quake's epicenter was about 80 miles southeast of Mexico City in the state of Puebla.

"It struck on the anniversary of a 1985 temblor, which killed thousands of people and devastated large parts of Mexico City — a tragedy that President Enrique Peña Nieto had commemorated earlier in the day," the L.A. Times story says.

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