The Ciampino airport in Rome has been authorised to reopen after a small fire on Tuesday 19 February caused the airport to temporarily close, with flights diverted to Fiumicino Airport.

Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), the airport operator, explained the fire was discovered at 7:30am on Tuesday 19 February in a warehouse managed by an external company Ecofast. According to the operator the fire was identified and extinguished in under a minute, however, as authorisation to use the departures hall had not yet been given by the authorities on 20 February, ADR confirmed that the airport remained closed, with all departing and arriving flights to be operated by the Fiumicino Airport.

ADR later confirmed that the Ciampino airport, which is mainly used by low-fare airlines including Ryanair and Wizz Air, had been authorised by the authority ENAC, in turn authorised by the ASL, to reopen. ADR said in a statement that this followed “Confirmation of fully normal air quality ascertained by yesterday’s CNR surveys.”

The last six flights scheduled to arrive at Rome Fiumicino on Wednesday (20 February) were to be diverted to Ciampino Airport to guarantee normal operations in the terminal as of Thursday morning.

Image: Aeroporti di Roma (ADR)

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