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Rome Ciampino airport departures closed by fire

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Rome Ciampino airport departures closed by fire
Crowds waiting outside Ciampino airport this morning. Photo: Jessica Phelan/The Local Italy
10:43 CET+01:00
Anyone travelling from Rome's Ciampino airport today can expect delays after the departures area was closed due to fire this morning.

Aeroporti di Roma said parts of the airport are now reopening, but the departures area of the terminal building remains closed for now because of the presence of smoke..

"The main fire was put out by firefighters in under a minute," it wrote on Twitter.

Firefighters at the scene told The Local that the fire started in a storage area under a Duty Free shop.

Large crowds are waiting outside the terminal bulding as buses continue to arrive.

The Local Italy Editor Jessica Phelan, at the airport this morning, said anyone travelling from the airport today can expect crowds and delays.

Meanwhile paramedics are treating one person who's been taken ill in the arrivals area, where a few hundred people are waiting.

Some flights have apparently been diverted to Fiumicino airport on the other side of Rome. 

Ciampino airport is mainly served by Ryanair and other low-cost airlines. For updates, passengers are advised to check with their airline, Aeroporti di Roma said.

See the latest Ryanair flight status here.

For Wizzair flights, check here.

Less than two weeks ago, Ciampino airport was closed and flights diverted after three unexploded world war two bombs were found by construction workers.

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