World Cup causes chaos in Durban

July 8: Chaos reigned yesterday at Durban’s King Shaka International Airport in South Africa as private aircraft, without allocated landing slots, were allowed to land and park for the World Cup semi-final clash between Germany and Spain.
Airlines such as British Airways and kulula, which had been allocated landing slots at the airport two months ago, were denied the right to land by the South African Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) due to a lack of parking space, forcing them to divert to OR Tambo International Airport with some passengers missing the World Cup semi-final.
Comair Limited, operator of British Airways in South Africa says it was “gross mismanagement of landing space” and it will be sending a letter of complaint to the South African Department of Transport demanding a full independent investigation.
Gidon Novick, Joint Chief Executive Officer of Comair said “This is unacceptable – it goes against our service agreements and we will be pursuing damages claims against Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and ATNS to recover the costs incurred.”