Europe’s Most Notorious Volcano Just Forced Another Airport Closure

The eruption came right before one of Italy's largest national holidays, dubbed Ferragosto.

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Just a few weeks have passed since the Sicilian airport of Catania, Italy had to temporarily close due to a major fire in one of its terminals, and it was forced to shut down again because of a volcanic eruption.

Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, started erupting late Sunday, CNN reports. The activity then evolved into a lava fountain, which, according to the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology’s Etna observatory, produced a volcanic cloud of ash. The eruption was caught on camera:

For safety reasons, the Catania-Fontanarossa Airport had to close down. According to the airport authorities, it was initially due to remain so until 8 pm local time on Monday, but the airport announced Monday that it would now remain closed until 6 am local time on Tuesday. As a result, a large number of flights were delayed, canceled, or diverted between Sunday and Monday.

“All arrivals and departures are therefore prohibited,” said the airport’s press office in a statement. “Passengers are kindly requested to present themselves at the airport only after consulting their airline.”

The disruption came right before one of Italy’s largest and most popular national holidays, dubbed Ferragosto, which falls on August 15 and which usually sees a spike in travel.

Authorities have now said that the volcano entered its “pre-alert” phase, Euronews reports.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTikTokTwitterFacebookPinterest, and YouTube.

Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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