Malta’s only airport reopens after 2-hour closure for fire

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Authorities at Malta’s only airport say a fire in a fish tank pump room forced the airport to close for two hours while half-a- dozen incoming flights were diverted to Sicily.

No one was injured in the fire on Tuesday, which began in a room that holds pumps for a decorative aquarium located in the arrivals area at Malta International Airport.

Airport officials say hundreds of passengers were evacuated and 16 flights were affected. They say 10 departing flights were delayed while six incoming flights were rerouted to nearby Catania, Sicily.

When the airport reopened, the rerouted flights made their way back to Malta. Malta International Airport is the only airport serving the Mediterranean island nation.

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