Florence Airport to Close for 1 1/2 Months

Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci airport–known as Peretola for the neighborhood where it is situated–will close to air traffic from February 2 to March 20.  Toscana Aeroporti, the authority which manages the facility, has announced that, given the current situation of limited inbound and outbound flights and reduced operating hours due to the COVID-19 health emergency, this would an ideal time to schedule maintenance and redo the runway.  Connections to Amsterdam, Munich, Paris, Zurich and Catania are guaranteed until the start of the temporary closing date.  All flights to London had previously been suspended by Health Minister Roberto Speranza in December 2020 because of the discovery of an extremely contagious variant of Coronavirus found circulating in the south of England.

Florence air travel during the closure will be rerouted to the Pisa and Bologna airports, with likelihood of canceled flights (carriers can make a choice between the two options) and Peretola staff will receive unemployment benefits.  (rosanna cirigliano)

To read more in Italian, visit Florence’s La Repubblica news site.