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Charter jets cause airport chaos
Yahoo Sports ^ | July 8, 2010 | Martin Rogers

Posted on 07/08/2010 11:37:14 AM PDT by Mr Fuji

DURBAN, South Africa – Soccer fans were left heartbroken on Wednesday when air-traffic chaos allegedly caused by celebrity charter flights caused hundreds of supporters to miss the World Cup semifinal between Spain and Germany.

Durban’s King Shaka International Airport was temporarily shut down in the hours leading up to Wednesday’s game due to an unplanned influx of air traffic traveling from Cape Town, where the first semifinal was held Tuesday night.

The anger of fans was only intensified by claims that delays of more than five hours, plus redirected flights, were caused by the addition of specially chartered services for VIPs. Charlize Theron and Spain’s King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were among the A-list celebrities who arrived as part of a mass influx of chartered and private jets, according to Colin Naidoo, a spokesman for the Durban airport.

“We did have some delays which were compounded by the fact we had air-traffic congestion,” said Naidoo. “At a certain stage air-traffic control decided to close arrivals to the airport.

“Some fans didn’t manage to get to the game because we had to turn those aircraft back. We had lots of air traffic from the two countries that are playing.”

A riot nearly erupted on one flight when fans were told they were being redirected due to the number of business jets on the runway and attempted to storm the cockpit, according to Durban’s most widely read morning paper, The Mercury. Spain fan Ester Goncalves told Yahoo! Sports that several members of her group had seen their dreams of watching Spain’s match, which ended in a 1-0 victory, evaporate over the course of the day.

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TOPICS: Sports; Travel
KEYWORDS: celebrity; soccer; worldcup

1 posted on 07/08/2010 11:37:22 AM PDT by Mr Fuji
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To: Mr Fuji

That’s what you get for holding the world’s biggest professional sporting event in a third-world country that has never hosted anything close to that size before.

2 posted on 07/08/2010 11:51:02 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat

I would have serious reservations about flying into or out of any place called King Chaka airport.

3 posted on 07/08/2010 12:18:48 PM PDT by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: I Buried My Guns
Sorry, "King Shaka INTERNATIONAL Airport".
4 posted on 07/08/2010 12:19:54 PM PDT by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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