Flights in and out of Sicily’s Catania airport have been cancelled after both Mount Etna and a second volcano erupted.

The Foreign Office confirmed arrivals and departures into Catania are suspended and some flights to Catania are being re-routed to Palermo or Comiso, which remain open. However, many flights, including some British Airways and easyJet services from the UK, have been cancelled.

Mount Etna, Italy’s most active volcano, has been rumbling for days and yesterday sent a plume of ash almost three miles above Sicily.

Stromboli, a second volcano just off the coast of Sicily, also erupted on Wednesday evening, sending ash and lava into the air.

In an update to its travel advice, the Foreign Office said: “Due to volcanic activity, local authorities have increased the alert levels for both Etna and Stromboli in the south of Italy. 

“In the event of a volcanic eruption, follow the advice of local authorities.”

Flights which have been cancelled include British Airways’ services from London Gatwick and easyJet flights from Bristol and London Luton. Ryanair flights have also been affected.

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