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Catania airport opens with limited flights after Mount Etna volcanic eruptions

Catania airport opens with limited flights after Mount Etna volcanic eruptions

Italy’s Catania airport is reopening after an ash cloud from Mount Etna’s latest eruptions forced it to shut down.

The airport opened on a restricted schedule allowing only four flights an hour.

More than 100 earthquakes were recorded on the slopes of Mount Etna this week, with the most powerful quake registering a magnitude of 4.3. The volcano’s seismological observatory says a new fissure had opened near its southeast crater.

Etna is one of three active volcanoes in Italy and has been particularly active since July.

On Monday, hikers on Etna were brought down from the higher elevations for their safety. No evacuations were reported.

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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