The Italian authorities have suspended this Thursday during several hours the activity of the airport of Ciampino, in Rome, after finding explosive artifacts of the Second World War, as they have informed the managers of the air terminal in an official notice. The pumps have been located during the maintenance works of the hangars where the aircraft are stored.
The National Agency for Civil Aviation has ordered the closure of the airport for three hours to allow the removal of the artifacts by a team of “complete security” bombers. The scheduled flights in this Roman terminal, both arrival and departure, have suffered delays or have been diverted to the other airport, Fiumicino, the main airport of the Italian capital.
The Italian authorities have recommended users to contact the airlines with which they will travel to know the current status of their flights. “Thanks to the defense personnel, the Army Corps and the Air Force for the immediate intervention and the great work done”, the airport itself wrote in its Twitter account shortly after confirming the reopening and restarting of the flights.
The Italian Ministry of Defense has stressed that “thanks to the Army bombers, the personnel of the Air Force and the valuable collaboration of the authorities of Ciampino, the security of the area has been guaranteed and it has been reopened to the citizens”.
The airport of GB Pastine, known as Ciampino because it is located in that town near Rome, is the second in importance of the capital and operates mostly low-cost companies. During 2018, the Ciampino airport had almost six million passengers, compared to the 42 million that passed through Fiumicino, the largest in the city and located on the Roman coast, according to data from Aeroporti di Roma.