Hundreds of Flights at Rome Airport Still Affected After Thursday Fire
An electrical fault in a bar at Terminal 3 of Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport caused a fire just after midnight on Thursday, forcing the airport to close for hours.
No serious injuries were reported, although three people were treated for smoke inhalation, according to the New York Times. The airport was closed to passengers much of the day.
Flights gradually began to resume mid-afternoon, with the first flights out of the airport taking place at 2:00 p.m. although thousands of passengers were left stranded.
The airport has been moving towards a return to normalcy although Italian carrier Alitalia, which has its hub at Rome-Fiumicino, said that the airport had asked airlines to cancel about half of their flights scheduled for Friday. As of 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time Friday, 297 flights into and out of the airport had been cancelled, with a further 251 delayed, according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service. In total, 416 were cancelled, and a further 432 were delayed on Thursday.
Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport is Italy’s busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic.
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