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ENAC chief warns of penalties for Vueling over airport issue


Rome, August 4 - Low-cost Spanish airline Vueling
is facing "heavy penalties" from the European Union related to
passengers' rights after problems last week at Rome's Fiumicino
airport, the head of civil aviation authority ENAC said Tuesday.
Vito Riggio said that the Italian government is also
planning new measures to improve security, maintenance and other
problems that have plagued the international airport for some
Riggio spoke after a meeting with Transportation and
Infrastructure Minister Graziano Delrio.
"The minister will announce a series of measures to
coordinate public and local authorities for a
strengthening...where strong attention is needed," said Riggio.
Meanwhile, he said Vueling is facing "relevant sanctions
and heavy fines as set out in European regulations and
commensurate with the damage to passengers".
Last Wednesday, flights in and out of Fiumicino were
delayed for several hours due to bush fires near the airport
that sent smoke across the airport runways, forcing closures and
delays that in a few cases spilled into a second day.
Many passengers were upset over a lack of information and
Vueling was singled out as being particularly poor at providing
information even when flights were delayed overnight.
At one point, Carabinieri police were called in to control
angry passengers at the airport trying to get information from
Riggio said that fines under EU laws concerning passengers'
rights can start at about 50,000 euros.
One day after the bush fires, an electrical blackout last
Thursday also added to chaos for a short period.
All that came as the airport was working to return to
normal after a fire in early May in a coffee bar in Terminal 3
forced the closure of parts of Fiumicino for several weeks.

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