Flights to the eastern Sicilian city of Catania were halted on Sunday after an eruption from nearby Mount Etna spewed volcanic ash onto runways, airport authorities said.
The 3,330-meter volcano can erupt in spectacular action several times a year, shooting lava and ash high above the Mediterranean island. The last major eruption was in 1992.
Flights to and from Catania, a popular tourist destination, will be suspended until normal safety conditions can be ensured, the airport said on Twitter.
Cars in the city were covered in a dark, granular layer of dust, according to images in the Italian media.
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