For the second time this year there have been flight delays and cancelled flights because of a fire at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.
Around 40 hectares of a nature reserve containing pine trees situated next to the airport have been burnt to the ground. It has been reported that departing flights were suspended and incoming flights reduced.
The airport had only just re-opened on 17th July after a fire in a terminal on the 7th May this year. Thousands of tourists were stranded then as the terminal fire caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled at Italy’s busiest airport.
If you were affected by these fires then we strongly suggest you contact your travel insurance to claim compensation. As the reason for flight delays or cancellations were fires and these were outside the airlines’ control, unfortunately you would not be able to claim Flight delay compensation from them. This is because the fires come under the ‘extraordinary circumstances’ exceptions set out in the European legislation.