Rome’s Ciampino Airport Reopens After Discovery of World War Two Bombs

By Anna Breuer on 7 February 2019
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DSC_0410Rome’s Ciampino International Airport was reopened Thursday following the discovery and removal of three leftover bombs from the Second World War.

The bombs were found in the course of routine construction and maintenance work.

“Due to the remnants of war from WWII found during the maintenance works to the aircraft aprons, Ciampino Airport, following the instructions from the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC), has been temporarily closed to allow the bomb disposal teams to remove the objects safely,” the airport said on Twitter.

The defense ministry said that an army bomb disposal team defused the devices, which weighed a combined 330 pounds (150 kilograms) and included 165 pounds (75 kilograms) of explosives.

Some flights were diverted to nearby Fiumicino, Rome’s main airport while others were delayed.

Ciampino Airport is used largely by low-cost carriers including Ryanair and Wizz Air.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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