The reopening of Catania airport officially postponed to 2 pm on Thursday 20 July, four days after the fire that broke out in the Arrivals area on the late evening of Sunday 16. But the airlines are preparing to operate in an emergency situation for other days from the moment that the terminal could be fully operational between the end of July and the beginning of August, prolonging the inconvenience for travelers who are flying to other airports in Sicily (Comiso, Palermo, Trapani) and Calabria (Lamezia Terme, Reggio Calabria) these days. what he learns the Courier.
The photos taken inside Terminal A, the smoke and dust in some parts of the structure and the damage near the point where the flames broke out also confirm that it will take another few days to reopen. The new bulletin B4032/23 sent to all operators in the sector (Notam) communicates that at least until 2 pm (local time) on 20 July the restrictions on aircraft movements will continue at the Catania airport due to the unavailability of the passenger terminal. Thus the limit of two authorized arrivals per hour remains, but no departures, while non-Schengen traffic is not permitted, which makes direct flights, for example, with North Africa and the United Kingdom impossible.
In these matters the investigations by the firefighters continue, the seizure of the fire area by the Catania prosecutor must be taken into account, therefore reclamation will have to be resorted to, while the Arpa Sicilia checks on the health of the buildings are awaited. air and the green light from the ASL for the reopening. it is probable that a new Notam will be issued during the day which will extend the closure by another 24 hours, thus moving the restoration date to Friday 21 July (at least). For this reason the connectivity on Catania - as regards arrivals - favors the two main routes, those with Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate / Malpensa.
According to the specialized platform ch-aviation, 123 departures from Catania airport were scheduled for 19 July: the flights will actually take off from the other airports, as envisaged in the emergency plan organized by Enac, Enav and Assoclearance. But cross-referencing the official programming with the connections actually made the day before shows that several frequencies are simply cancelled, further reducing connectivity with the area.
The shuttle service
For those who have to take off from alternative airports, Sac, the management company of Catania airport, communicates the launch of a free shuttle service from the Etna airport to Comiso, Palermo and Trapani, according to the information provided by the carriers and to capacity, we read in the official note. The service will continue in the coming days. However, passengers are invited to contact the airlines for information on their flight.