Rome airport fully operational after forest fire affects flights

Rome’s Fiumicino airport resumed full operations after smoke from a forest fire on Wednesday forced Italy’s busiest hub to suspend takeoffs and restrict landings. Airline Alitalia announced the resumption of services in a Tweet several hours after the blaze broke out in one of several forests of pine trees near the airport. Forest rangers said in a statement that the blaze had affected about 40 hectares of a nature reserve that totals some 16,000 acres. The fire had been whipped by winds and put under control by fire-fighting planes that dropped water on the area. A fire in one of the terminals on May 7 affected services for more than two months before the airport fully opened on July 17.



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