Rome airport fully operational after forest fire affects flightsComments
Rome’s Fiumicino airport resumed full operations after smoke from a forest fire on Wednesday forced Italy’s busiest hub to suspend takeoffs and restrict landings.
Airline Alitalia announced the resumption of services in a Tweet several hours after the blaze broke out in one of several forests of pine trees near the airport.
Forest rangers said in a statement that the blaze had affected about 40 hectares of a nature reserve that totals some 16,000 acres. The fire had been whipped by winds and put under control by fire-fighting planes that dropped water on the area.
Due a fire outside Rome #Fiumicino airport all departures are suspended. Next info will follow. pic.twitter.com/TUoQQVLsjr— Alitalia (@Alitalia) July 29, 2015
A fire in one of the terminals on May 7 affected services for more than two months before the airport fully opened on July 17.
#Incendio vicino scalo #Fiumicino, blocco di tutti decolli in aeroporto http://t.co/PtiFcafsOapic.twitter.com/nezl8MmREo— Agenzia ANSA (@Agenzia_Ansa) July 29, 2015
Incendio a Fiumicino, stop decolli – Alitalia: blocco disposto da autorità #fiumicinohttp://t.co/79xaSvpEcMpic.twitter.com/WQzaa3pIZ0— Tgcom24 (@MediasetTgcom24) July 29, 2015
Fiumicino is on the Mediterranean Sea, west of the capital. It is close to a number of parks and nature reserves of forests of pines native to the area.
The airport was closed last May because of a fire in one of the terminals.