Flames might be seen surrounding the runway in a video shared on-line by the airport within the Sicilian capital, as its operator mentioned firefighters had been working to place out the inferno.
It comes as a suffocating heatwave continued to trigger chaos in southern Europe, with scorching temperatures bringing elevated danger of blazes and deaths.
Some 30,000 British vacationers with holidays booked to Greece are in limbo as firefighters battle to manage greater than 80 wildfires which were burning for the final week.
Greater than 5,000 Britons had been stranded on the island on Monday after fleeing lodges. Operators, together with Jet2 and easyJet, have begun evacuating vacationers on repatriation flights again to the UK.
Some resorts on the island have suffered catastrophic injury and there are doubts they may reopen this summer time.
In the meantime in Sicily, the primary airport of Catania, Italy’s fifth-largest, was closed final week as a consequence of a fireplace in a terminal constructing and has reopened just for a couple of flights.
In some japanese elements of the island temperatures rose to 47.6C on Monday, near a file European excessive of 48.8C recorded on Sicily two years in the past.
On Tuesday, 16 Italian cities had been placed on crimson alert by the federal government over blisteringly excessive warmth.
These embody Palermo and Catania, the place energy and water provide cuts that native officers blamed partially on the warmth have been frequent in latest days.
In a single day a storm in Milan tore off roofs and uprooted bushes, blocking roads and disrupting overground transportation in nation’s monetary capital.
Two girls had been killed within the northern Monza and Brescia provinces after being crushed by falling bushes.
A Delta flight from Milan to New York was critically broken by hailstorm and compelled to land in Rome.
Italy is without doubt one of the European nations most affected by local weather change, and in addition suffered lethal floods in Might.
Excessive warmth has additionally swept throughout North America, North Africa and Asia, whereas June 2023 was the world’s hottest month on file.
Met Workplace Specialists mentioned excessive temperatures of greater than 40C are additionally turning into more and more possible within the UK as a consequence of local weather change as prepares to publish its annual report.
The British International Workplace is warning about excessive climate and wildfires on the continent, however has not suggested in opposition to travelling.
Cupboard Secretary Michael Gove mentioned he plans to vacation on the Greek island of Evia in simply over per week and insisted the area is protected for holidaymakers.
The minister denied that the International Workplace has taken too relaxed an strategy by not issuing recommendation to not go.
“In truth I’m as a consequence of go on vacation, God prepared, to Greece in simply over per week’s time,” he instructed Instances Radio. “To not Rhodes however to a different island and I’m wanting ahead to going.
“Greece is a superb nation, an exquisite place to vacation and we do must assist the Greek authorities in coping with the scenario in Rhodes. My coronary heart goes out to those that are affected however the recommendation is evident, in case you observe the International Workplace recommendation it’s protected.”