A Ryanair Boeing 737 was covered in volcanic ash after Mount Etna (Sicily, Italy) erupted on May 21st. Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, erupted on Sunday, causing a number of aircraft cancellations and delays to and from Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) in Sicily, Italy.
Flights were halted at Catania Airport in Sicily on Sunday as Mount Etna, the most active volcano in Europe, dumped a heavy layer of ash over the city. Ash descended onto the runway, over Catania.
The CTA issued a statement stating that: “Flight operations are suspended until safety conditions are restored due to the eruptive activity of Etna and copious amounts of volcanic ash on the airport surfaces.”
After the eruption, a huge ash cloud might have been seen rising from the volcano and filling the sky in pictures and videos. Ryanair cancelled 23 of the 44 affected departures, ITA Airways cancelled 7, and EasyJet cancelled 6. Cirium estimates that 24 arriving services were also cancelled, affecting the same three carriers.