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After Mount Etna erupted, a volcanic haze shut down the airport.

The emission of a plume of volcanic ash from Europe’s most active volcano has resulted in the temporary shutdown of one of Sicily’s major airports, causing disruptions in flight schedules including delays, cancellations, and diversions.

According to a statement from the airport press office, Catania–Fontanarossa Airport, also known as Sicily’s Catania international airport, would remain closed until 8 p.m. local time on Monday due to the eruption of Mount Etna in close proximity to the airport.

According to the statement, all arrivals and departures are strictly restricted. Additionally, passengers are advised to consult their respective airlines before presenting themselves at the airport.

According to the Etna observatory of the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, the volcanic activity that began late Sunday night progressed into a “lava fountain,” creating a volcanic cloud that drifted southward.

According to the statement, there is a release of ash occurring in the southern region of the volcano and extending beyond that area.

According to the flight-tracking service Flightradar24, a number of planes bound for Catania, originating from various locations including Malta, France, Austria, and other regions within Italy, have experienced cancellations, delays, or diversions.

The cessation of operations occurred shortly after the airport had resumed its activities, following a significant fire incident that occurred in the terminal building in the middle of July.

In addition to its heightened volcanic activity, Mount Etna holds the distinction of being the tallest volcano in Europe, with an approximate elevation of 3,350 metres (almost 11,000 feet).

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