A fire breaks out at Alicante airport, with the building evacuated, delayed flights and diverted arrivals
- The terminal buildings are being evacuated at the airport in southeastern Spain
- Passengers are told that they could be waiting for another two or three hours.
- No injuries have been reported and firefighters are working to stop the fire
- If you are at Alicante airport, contact: 0203 615 3208 or [email protected]
Today there was a great fire on the roof of the Alicante airport, which forced passengers and airport personnel to evacuate the terminal buildings.
Firefighters are fighting the fire, but arrivals in Alicante-Elche are being diverted to other Spanish airports.
For passengers waiting to board, departures began to leave the airport around 3 p.m., but authorities warned of severe delays.
Passengers and staff have been evacuated outside the airport building.
Cameron Stocks, 26, a Hardwicke Law lawyer in London, who was visiting his family in Alicante this week, told MailOnline: “We have not yet been allowed to return. We have been told that there is a 2/3 hour wait to see if the fire is controllable and then we will be informed if the flights can leave today. ”
Smoke can be seen waving from the roof of the Alicante airport after a fire started today in the terminal building
A view from the parking lot shows the dense smoke that rises from the Alicante airport building today
“There are now a considerable number of police and fire brigades that keep everyone away from the terminal, but the information spreads slowly,” he said.
“There was a lot of confusion to begin with, since my group had already passed passport control and they had to board, so they just took us to a corner.”
Earlier on Twitter, he wrote: “The airport staff is acting indifferently and has simply taken passengers to a corner of the terminal without sounding a single alarm.”
According to the Spanish website dailyinformacion, no injuries have been reported and the airport firefighters are still working to put out the fire.
Firefighters work today at Alicante-Elche airport in Alicante after a fire broke out in the terminal
A video posted by the Twitter user @sotiridi It shows columns of dense smoke filling the sky over the airport. Other, taken by the same person, shows the thick clouds and crackling fires that spring from the roof of the terminal.
Tracy Cartland-Ward, a passenger at the airport, told MailOnline around 3 p.m.
The airport operations company AENA tweeted that traffic has now resumed around the airport. However, arrivals may not land, they said.
Today there were 125 scheduled flights from the airport and by 2 pm this afternoon, 73 had taken off without any problem.
In the photo: flames and smoke waving outside the terminal window in Alicante early today
Passengers are evacuated today at Alicante-Elche airport in Alicante after a fire broke out in the terminal
Passengers and workers can be seen queuing outside the terminal building in Alicante today
It is believed that the fire originated inside an office in the terminal building, according to daily information.
The website added that a plane took off to Moscow around 3 p.m., but passengers and workers are still trapped outside the airport terminal.
Taxi drivers who were standing in front of the departure terminal said the smoke over the building was very dense.