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venerdì, 15 maggio 2015
venerdì, 15 maggio 2015
Main airports in Italy face havoc for glitch, bad weather
by Marzia De Giuli ROME, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Friday was an unfortunate day for Italy' s airports in Rome and Milan, where a radar glitch and a wave of bad weather caused air traffic disruption with delayed and diverted flights. "At the control center of Rome' s Ciampino airport, for technical reasons, around 01:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) there has been a slowdown in the presentation of radar data," a statement from Enav, the company responsible for the provision of air traffic and other air navigation services in Italy, said. "The reserve systems immediately came into operation and some flights arriving in Fiumicino and Ciampino were made land in other airports," the statement said. Air traffic in both the Rome' s airports was slowed down due to the technical problem, it added. On the same day, a violent thunderstorm hit Milan' s main international airport, Malpensa, forcing the interruption of air traffic for around 45 minutes. Local reports said some 100 mm of rain fell down in an hour in the airport area, northwest of the Italian business capital. The rainfall flooded a highway and caused a false ceiling at the airport to collapse. "The extraordinary size of the adverse climatic event had been clear from the beginning, so that the area affected by water infiltration was evacuated and had already been made safe with no risk for passengers when the ceiling partially collapsed," a statement from Malpensa Airport management company Sea said. Eleven flights into Malpensa were reported by the local press to have been diverted to other airports, of which five to Linate, east of Milan. Consumer group Codacons said in a statement that passengers affected by the disruption have a right to compensation. Friday' s havoc happened only days following a huge fire that broke out at the Fiumicino airport on May 7 and caused suspended traffic and stranded passengers besides devastating a large retail space filled with shops at the airport' s Terminal 3. Five maintenance workers were reported to have been put under investigation on Friday in relation to the accident, which was believed to have been started by a short circuit in a restaurant in the retail area, whose staff immediately asked clients to flee. Surveillance video reportedly showed the workers turning on a portable air-conditioning unit in the room where the fire broke out, which turned off as was not connected to an external power source. Investigators were also trying to ascertain the reasons why fireproof doors and automatic sprinkler systems were lacking at the airport, the busiest in Italy with nearly 39 million passengers in 2014. Italian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Graziano Delrio said on Friday that a total investment of 500 million euros (573 million U.S. dollars) has already been allocated to modernize Fiumicino, that he defined as "the country' s most important international air travel hub."