Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Malta IAP temporarily shuts down because of fire in aquarium pump room

A small fire in the arrivals lounge at Malta Int'l Airport has led to the evacuation of hundreds of persons from the building this afternoon.  

According to a statement issued by Malta IAP, the airport fire-fighting section went on site immediately.  Civil Protection personnel were also present to assist in the evacuation.  Malta IAP has confirmed that no one was injured in the evacuation. 

TVM is informed that only one person needed treatment after inhaling smoke in the fire which started at about 2.15 p.m., and an operation was initiated to put out the fire. In a couples of hours the situation to return to normal.

The Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, Dr M. Farrugia, stated that a fire had started in the pump room of the aquarium situated between the Schengen and non-Schengen zones.

Consequently a number of flights have been effected by the situation. Three inbound flights to Malta IAP had to divert to other airports before proceeding to Malta - TUI Airways BY-4266 from London-Gatwick (U.K.) and Ryanair FR-8812 from Krakow (Poland) both diverted to Catania-Fontanrossa (Sicily), while British Airways BA-2644 from London-Gatwick diverted to Rome-Fiumicinio (Italy).  (Sources: tvm.com.mt, Malta IAP & flightradar24.com; 20-Feb-2018)