Italy's Mount Etna eruption forces partial closure of Catania airport

Mount Etna's explosive activity has forced authorities to shut down an airspace sector at Catania airport in Sicily.

Footage captured this morning (February 18) shows huge columns of ash and grey smoke rising from the crater of the volcano and up into the air.

''Departures will not be limited but might be subjected to delays,'' the airport management company said.

Mount Etna is Europe’s highest and most active volcano.