This week’s airport events: Tornados, Trump & Terminal upgrade

The long Easter break didn’t just bring travellers to their loved ones or chocolate eggs to the kids, it sadly, also brought the tornado season to the South of the United States with devastating effects in Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and elsewhere. The New York Times even calls it the worst tornado disaster since 1925. The storms also had severe effects on the aviation industry with delays and some closures throughout the US. One of the worst hit airports, however, was Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (IATA: STL). The drama was even caught on CCTV when the tornado hit the airport; watch it here.

Donald Trump is known for his great hair, his TV Show “The Apprentice” and recently also for getting Barrack Obama to dig deep in the archives in order to produce his full birth certificate as reported in the news. Trump didn’t stop there though, he also fired at La Guardia airport (IATA: LGA): “You land your plane at LaGuardia Airport, you go to LaGuardia Airport, it’s like a Third World airport”, he said on CNN’s state of the union.

Luckily not all the news was bad or plain provoking. In India, for example, it was reported that the new international terminal at the city airport in Ahmedabad (IATA: AMD) soon dazzle flyers. For the Rs 300-crore terminal, which became operational in September last year, is going to put on more colours. The glass walls at the airport will make space for colourful-wall graffiti using vinyl metallic film, continued the news article. Isn’t that just nice?

Finally, even we at LateDeparture were very active over the Easter break. Not only did we publish a post about London’s royal airports on Tuesday, we also conducted two new airport reviews: Brisbane International (IATA: BNE) and, wait for it, Papua New Guinea’s Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby (IATA: POM). Both reviews will be published very soon.

Have a great new week everyone and save travels!

[Photo from Flickr – Some rights reserved by Stacy Lynn Baum]