Durban turns away Cup flights

2010-07-07 20:52
Cape Town - Three planes with soccer fans have been diverted from Durban's King Shaka International Airport because of air traffic congestion over the airport.

The Soccer World Cup semi-final between Spain and Germany is being played in the city.  

A spokesperson for the airport, Colin Naidoo, said two of the flights were diverted back to Johannesburg and the other to Cape Town.

He said the situation was still fluid, but that most of the planes which had been circling the airport had landed.

The old Durban airport is being used to park business and other smaller aircraft after their passengers are deplaned at King Shaka airport.

The airport is running a round the clock operation right throughout the night until traffic normalises as planned.

According to a passenger, another flight from Cape Town was kept in the air for about 90 minutes before finally landing. The passenger told The Witness at least one family of four on his flight, with tickets to the Germany-Spain semi-final, missed the whole first half of the match because of the delay.

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