Catania Airport Fire. Image courtesy of Vigili del Fuoco on Twitter

Catania Airport Fire – flight updates

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A fire broke out at Catania’s Vincenzo Bellini International Airport on Sunday night. Firefighters were called to put out the blaze and the airport was evacuated.

Nobody was injured but there are reports of people being treated for smoke inhalation and shock.

The airports serves 91 destinations of which 24 are domestic, according to ItaliaRimborso. Initially, flights to and from Catania airport, on the southern Italian island of Sicily, were suspended until Wednesday.

Catania Airport Fire. Twitter post by Fire Brigade.

However, Ansa reports activity at Catania airport gradually resumed on Monday with two flights an hour from its Terminal C.

The authorities had initially decided to suspend flights from the airport for 48 hours. However, subsequently they decided activity could resume on a restricted basis given the limited nature of the damage.

ItaliaRimborso CEO Felice D’Angelo told ANSA that around 38,900 passengers use Catania airport at this time of year.

What should you do if you think your flight is affected?

If you are due to fly into or out of Catania airport, you should contact your airline or booking agent to discuss rebooking or a refund.

This can be done via their website, app, email, phone or social media channels such as official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Airlines are advising passengers to check their apps for flight information and updates.

Italy’s ITA Airways is rerouting some flights to Comiso airport, also on the east coast of Sicily. It has advised passengers to “check your flight status on Flight Info before travelling to the airport.”

Wizz Air says they have “had to cancel the majority of flights from and to Catania today, while a few flights will be operated to Comiso. All affected passengers are being informed about the schedule changes, offered refund and rebooking options as well as hotel accommodation. Wizz Air will be keeping passengers informed via SMS/email about their flight’s status on 18th and 19th of July.”

Ryanair have said: “All passengers who have been affected by a cancellation or an airport change will be notified of their options.” They have also advised passengers to check the Ryanair app for updates.

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