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Spain's Alicante airport reopens the day after a fire



Spain's Alicante airport was opened on Thursday afternoon after a 24-hour closure due to a fire, frustrating thousands of tourists on its way to the Mediterranean coast.

"The fire is under control, but it is not extinguished. Firefighters continue to work," a spokeswoman for Spanish airport operator Aena told AFP.

She said the airport would reopen at 2pm (1300 GMT) "at the earliest" after the fire on the building's roof, and covered some 1,200 square feet.

 The airport of Alicante was to reopen at 1300 GMT Thursday Alicante airport was to reopen at 1300 GMT Thursday "at the earliest," said a spokeswoman Photo: AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

The spokeswoman could not say where many flights that were affected together, but on Wednesday 10 arriving flights were canceled as well as 12 departing from the airport.

A further four flights to land at Alicante were diverted to other Spanish airports.

The authorities are still not sure what caused the fire, which led to the evacuation of passengers and personnel.

Spain's fifth largest passenger airport serves the eastern region of Valencia, home to several popular resorts such as Benidorm. It handled just under 14 million passengers last year.

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