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.
Resta ancora interdetta solo la zona delle partenze, in seguito all’odore di fumo proveniente da un’area interrata utilizzata come magazzino e in gestione alla ditta esterna Ecofast. Il principio di incendio è stato spento da Vigili del Fuoco in meno di un minuto.
— Aeroporti di Roma (@AeroportidiRoma) February 19, 2019
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.
Fire at Rome Ciampino airport this morning, departures has been closed for the past hour and a half. This queue is for the only available toilet (in arrivals) ☹️@TheLocalItaly pic.twitter.com/1uwPcSoS4p
— Jessica Phelan (@JessicaLPhelan) February 19, 2019
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.