The airport of the city of Catania in Sicily has temporarily stopped flights due to the strong volcanic activity on Etna. The airport announced on Thursday.
According to the Italian news agency Ansa, an ash cloud around nine kilometers high had risen from the volcano’s southeast crater during a spectacular eruption.
The airport continues to work, but take-offs and landings are temporarily interrupted, Ansa quoted the airport administration as saying.
The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology had previously issued a warning for the airspace near Mount Etna.
Air travel to Italy from Germany is currently only possible with a lot of effort anyway: A negative corona test and five days of quarantine are mandatory.
Catania Airport has to interrupt its operations from time to time because the volcano spits smoke, ash and lava.
The 3300 meter high volcano has not really come to rest since February. It was said that this was the 17th eruption since around mid-February.