An eruption at Mount Etna on Monday, December 24, caused severe flight disruptions at Catania-Fontanarossa International Airport (CTA) located in Catania province (Sicily). Officials suspended operations at the airport, canceling all outbound flights and diverting inbound flights to nearby regional airports. On the afternoon (local time) of December 24, airport officials announced that operations at CTA would resume at 20:00. Residual disruptions (including cancelations and delays) are nevertheless to be anticipated in the coming hours. Further disruptions are also possible in the event of further volcanic activity at Mount Etna.
Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is the highest elevation volcano in mainland Europe. It is commonly active multiple times per year and last saw a major eruption in 1992. Local residents reported several earthquakes across the region, including in Catania, before the December 24 eruption.
Individuals traveling to and from CTA are advised to confirm the status of their flight prior departing for the airport and allow for extra time to reach their destination.