ROME (Sputnik) — Flights from Fiumicino International Airport in Rome resumed Wednesday afternoon after a wildfire close to the Italian capital disrupted operations for hours, Italian airline Alitalia said.
"Fiumicino airport is fully operational again," Alitalia announced in a Twitter posting.
The first passenger plane to take off after the interruption was an internal flight bound for Ancona, in central Italy, the airline said.
The wildfire sent plumes of smoke high into the air, halting the airport’s operations. More than ten fire brigades fought the flames that were fanned by a strong wind.