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Sicily airport stays shut due to volcano eruption
by Staff Writers
Rome (AFP) Dec 16, 2013


Catania airport in Sicily stayed shut on Monday due to an ongoing eruption of nearby Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, airport officials said.

Catania, along with the smaller airport of Comiso, was closed on Sunday due to the clouds of ash in the sky.

The company that manages Catania, Sec, said the "direction and intensity of the wind" meant that ash from the eruption was a danger to flights.

Five flights were cancelled on Monday and were re-routed to Palermo also in Sicily or to Reggio Calabria in the neighbouring Calabria region.

Eruptions on Etna are relatively frequent but the latest activity, which began on Saturday, is the most intense in several months.

The lava flow can be seen from Catania and Taormina.

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Volcanic eruption shuts Italy airport
Rome (AFP) Dec 15, 2013
The eruption of the Mount Etna volcano in Sicily on Sunday forced the closure of nearby Catania airport because of the plumes of ash billowing into the sky, airport officials said. Twenty-one scheduled departures from Catania had to be scrapped and 26 arrivals re-routed to alternative destinations. The smaller airport of Comiso in the area was also closed down. Sac, the company that mana ... read more


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