Saturday, December 16, 2017

Koltsovo airport briefly evacuated following fire

One of the terminals at Yekaterinburg's Koltsovo airport had an electrical short on Thursday causing the entire airport to shut down.

The cause of the short was determined to be a fire, which was promptly put out by the fire department, Oblgazeta.ru reports. The smoke from the fire was considered enough of a risk that passengers were evacuated from the airport.

Service in the international terminal, however, was not interrupted, Yulia Fedotovo, the director for strategic communications at the airport, said, according to Interfax.

Eyewitnesses told Oblgazeta.ru that the fire was not large. The airport re-opened on Friday as normal with all flights able to land and take off.

The Koltsovo airport is a connection hub for more than 30 Russian and foreign airlines and connects to 104 cities worldwide. As of 2007, it was the third-largest airport in Russia behind the Moscow and St. Petersburg airports. A total of 2.35 million people flew in and out of the airport in 2007.