Flight disruptions at Catania Airport due to smoke from Mount Etna volcano in Sicily
The emission of ash from the southeast crater of Mount Etna has been causing delays at Catania airport for incoming and outgoing flights since yesterday. At the moment, according to the airport’s website, only one plane, the Wizz Air plane from Rome, has been diverted to Palermo.
The delays are due to the limitation of take-offs and landings, which change according to changes in volcanic ash emission, due to the closure of an airspace following the red flight bulletin (Vona), the highest level of alert, issued yesterday by Ingv (National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology).
Contact airlines to confirm flight schedules if booked to fly via CTA in the coming days. Consider alternative arrangements for critical travel. Allow extra time for ground travel in Sicily.