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Travel update: Sicilian airspace remains closed after Etna eruption

Travel update: Flight delays after Etna eruption
16 Dec 2013

Passengers catching flights to Sicily this week should check with their airline before they travel, with Mount Etna continuing to cause travel disruption. 

The volcano first began spewing ash into the air over the weekend, forcing the closure of the Sicilian airspace. This shutdown remains in force, with officials due to reconsider their position at lunchtime today. 

As a result, many flights into and out of Catania Airport have been cancelled, while others have been delayed. 

It's far from the first time volcanic ash has caused flight disruption in Europe and airlines are now working hard to come up with a solution to the problem.

Earlier this year, easyJet conducted a live test of the new AVOID (Airborne Volcanic Object Identifier and Detector) technology, which is designed to help pilots and air traffic controllers navigate around clouds of volcanic ash that can be invisible to the naked eye.ADNFCR-408-ID-801672742-ADNFCR

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