Volcanic eruption in Sicily disrupts flights, temporarily closes airport

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Travellers heading to the southern Italian islands of Sicily and Stromboli are facing disruption due to volcanic activity.

Eruptions at Italy’s Mount Etna and the smaller Stromboli volcano spewed hot ash and lava, raising the alert level on the Mediterranean island of Sicily and forcing the temporary closure of Catania airport on Friday.

Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, has been buzzing in recent days, lighting up the skies near the city of Catania, while lava has been spilling into the sea on the island of Stromboli, off the northern coast of Sicily. The eruption has only affected Sicily and its neighbouring islands.

Italy’s civil defense agency has issued the highest level of red alert for Stromboli, a UNESCO World Heritage site off the northern coast of Sicily, warning that the situation could worsen. Stromboli An island that attracts tourists with its volcanoes and beaches. Overtourism For the past few years, an average of 2,000 tourists have arrived by boat at the island’s only pier each afternoon.

Civil Defense Minister Nello Musumeci said Stromboli was “under surveillance,” adding that authorities were preparing evacuation plans in case of an emergency.

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On July 5, 2024, Mount Etna in Sicily erupts.

On July 5, 2024, Mount Etna in Sicily erupts.

Mayor of Catania Enrico Trantino The ordinance was issued A 48-hour ban on bicycles and motorcycles was imposed on Friday and a speed limit of about 18 miles per hour was set in response to heavy ash fall.

The fire brigade said it had doubled the number of firefighters on the island as a precautionary measure.

Residents and authorities around Catania on Sicily’s east coast worked to clean up the city after roads and cars were covered in black volcanic ash, and the nearby airport was temporarily closed.

Catania Airport Sicily’s busiest airport It is the sixth busiest airport in Italy, handling around 9 million passengers each year.

“The runway at Catania airport is unavailable due to volcanic ash fall. All arriving and departing flights have been suspended,” the airport said in a statement. As of midnight on Friday, 69 flights had been cancelled in Italy, the majority of which were with European low-cost carriers EasyJet and Ryanair. Flight Aware27% of departing flights and 31% of arriving flights were delayed.

Many flights were diverted to Palermo, about a four-hour drive from Catalina Island. Euronews report.

Around 4:30 p.m., at the airport Tweet with X(formerly Twitter) announced that it has resumed operations with limited operations and delays.

Contributing writer: Angelo Amante; Editing by Crispian Balmer and Jason Neely

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Is it safe to travel to Italy? Sicily volcano eruption causes flight delays


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