Airspace has been closed, and flights halted in eastern Sicily following the eruption of Mount Etna, according to local authorities. This development has posed fresh challenges for travelers utilizing Catania Airport, as reported by Reuters.
The 3,330-meter-tall volcano erupted, spewing lava and ash high above the Mediterranean island. The lava flow subsided before dawn, but ash continued to emanate from one of its craters.
Inbound flights were redirected to alternative Sicilian airports, while Enrico Trantino, the Mayor of Catania, imposed a ban on motorcycle and bicycle usage in the city for the next 48 hours.
This decision comes as many streets have been blanketed in ash. Additionally, he mandated that cars not exceed speeds of 30 km/h due to slippery conditions.