FOLLOWING on from last week’s fire at Alicante airport which disrupted flights for several days, Alicante-Elche airport security cabinet has decided to extend, until at least tomorrow, the closure of Alicante-Elche airport for safety reasons.
In view of the abysmal weather, as Storm Gloria continues to lash the province hard, Aena, Spain’s Airport Operator, has extended the closure of the Alicante-Elche airport.
In total, the closure has affected a total of 190 flights since yesterday. It had been predicted that air traffic would resume as of 13 hours today, but the damage suffered in part due to the roof fire last Wednesday and the severe weather conditions has led to the extension of the closure.
Under normal conditions the terminal would have been operational but the forecast of strong gusts of wind make it advisable to maintain the closure to prevent, for example, any detachment of material from the roof deck and onto the aircraft platform or the runways themselves.
Firemen continue to dismantle elements that are susceptible to being blown away by the wind.
Yesterday, Sunday, 114 flights were suspended and this Monday another 67 have been suspended. In total, 181.
Aena assured that they are working with the emergency service to recover normality “always giving priority to the safety of passengers, users and employees”.
Aena’s intention to reopen the El Altet facilities is conditioned by today’s weather forecast, which in principle remains unchanged, as the scenario of strong winds and heavy rainfall will continue.
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