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Flights to Greece cancelled after eruption of Mount Etna

Robert Besser
28 Oct 2021, 19:56 GMT+10

ATHENS, Greece: The eruption of Mount Etna on the Italian island of Sicily has forced airlines to cancel holiday flights to Greece.

Europe's most active volcano began erupting in the early hours of October 23, spewing ash clouds into the air that affected both surrounding villages and scheduled flights.

British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Athens were cancelled with less than one hour's notice, while two Aegean Airlines flights experienced minor delays, according to the MailOnline.

The French meteorological service predicts the ash clouds from the eruption will travel over Greece, where it will cause even more disruptions.

Flights to northern Italy have also witnessed minor delays.

Located on the east coast of Sicily, Mount Etna has erupted several times earlier this year, but the recent explosion has been the most violent since February.

The volcano has produced tens of millions of tons of lava and over 7 million tons of carbon dioxide, water and sulfur dioxide this year.

Etna's eruption comes as the volcano on La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands is continuing to erupt, along with lava flows.

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