Update: Flights to Sicily resume following volcanic eruptions

Sicily flights disrupted after Etna erupts
By Linsey McNeill
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Flights in and out of Sicily’s Catania airport have resumed following last week’s disruption when both Mount Etna and a second volcano erupted.

The Foreign Office confirmed Catania had reopened on Friday closing earlier today due to an ash cloud created by Mount Etna. During the suspension, some flights were re-routed to Palermo or Comiso, which remained open. However, many flights, including some British Airways and easyJet services from the UK, were cancelled.

Mount Etna, Italy’s most active volcano, has been rumbling for days and on Thursday sent a plume of ash almost three miles above Sicily.

Stromboli, a second volcano just off the coast of Sicily, also erupted on Wednesday evening, sending ash and lava into the air.

In an update to its travel advice on Friday afternoon, the Foreign Office said: “Due to volcanic activity, local authorities have increased the alert levels for both Etna and Stromboli in the south of Italy. 

“In the event of a volcanic eruption, follow the advice of local authorities.”

Flights that were cancelled include British Airways’ services from London Gatwick and easyJet flights from Bristol and London Luton. Ryanair flights were also affected.

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