Rome Airport & Volcano: Open Or Closed?

Large parts of Europe including the Rome airport enforced no-fly rulings yesterday because of a huge ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano that has caused the worst air travel chaos since the Sept. 11 attacks.

Is the Rome airport open or closed today?
In the news they were saying the Rome Airport was not closed, it was left open but no flights are being operated right now. Is this true?

asked by Roman in Aircraft | 7650 views | 04-18-2010 at 05:15 PM

The volcano continued erupting in Eyjafjallajokull, the plume of ash spread as far south as Italy, which closed some airports in the northern part of the country including the Rome airport.

Airports throughout most of Europe were to remain closed at least through Sunday afternoon and European aviation officials reported only 5,000 flights across European airspace Saturday, compared with 22,000 normally.

A Russian commercial airplane attempted to travel from Moscow to Rome by flying under the ash cloud from Iceland's volcano.

The flight, operated by the Russia's Ural Airlines, had to descend more than 9,000 feet while it flew over Krakow, Poland. Later, the crew reported that the plane was low on fuel and was forced to land in Vienna.

As you said the Rome airport is not closed, but all flights have been canceled for now. At least until the volcano ash cloud goes away.

answered by Katie | 04-18-2010 at 05:20 PM

Rome Airport is not closed. Flights are delayed due to a high traffic. But the Rome Airport is so far functioning.

The place is known as the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport by Italian locals, it is one of the numerous airports that have decided to suspend their airport activities while the world is waiting for the natural disaster to finish.

answered by Theresa | 04-18-2010 at 11:29 PM

Yes, I was just there. I can confirm the Rome airport is open.
No flights until the ash cloud is gone though.

answered by Porter | 04-18-2010 at 11:30 PM

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