Sicily flight delays continue following Etna eruption

Sicily flights disrupted after Etna erupts
By Linsey McNeill
15/08/2023
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Flights to and from Sicily’s Catania airport continue to be delayed today following the eruption of Mount Etna.

The airport re-opened at 6am this morning, after closing for more than 24 hours when an ash plume spread across the eastern part of the island.

Some flights, including easyJet flights from London Gatwick and London Luton, were diverted to Comiso airport in southeast Sicily.

Other flights, including other easyJet departures from Gatwick, Bristol and Edinburgh, and a British Airways flight from Gatwick were cancelled, along with easyJet and Wizz afternoon departures from Catania to Gatwick

Ryanair flights were diverted from Catania to Trapani in the west of Sicily.

Most flights appear to be operating today, but with some delays.

Catania Mayor Enrico Trantino has banned the use of bikes and motorcycles in the city and reduced the speed limit to 30kph due to the amount of ash on the streets, which can become slippery.

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