This week’s airport events: Cyclists beat plane,impounded B737

It’s been a very average week in terms of airport news from around the world. But don’t you worry, we wouldn’t be here if we couldn’t find juicy news for you even in a story drought. Actually, there was no shortage of airport news from one corner of the planet this week: Los Angeles. That’s because this weekend the main transit road from the city to the airport, the I-405 freeway was partially closed for demolishing an overpass. We wrote about it last week.

It wouldn’t be the US if they didn’t come up with some crazy things around this particular event: JetBlue, a domestic airline, setup a special flight from Burbank to Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX; LD reviewed) and back. For those who don’t know the area well, that’s a direct distance of only about 30km (20mi)! According to the L.A. Times blog, there was a real festive atmosphere at Burbank airport (IATA: BUR) surrounding those 20-minute longshort flights. Other than that, there were also cyclists who tried (and succeeded) to beat that particular air service. You can read more about their 38.4mile-journey in another L.A. Times blog article.

In other news, we read about La Palma Airport (IATA: SPC): According to Passenger Terminal Today, the Canary Island airport opened a new terminal which allows the airport to more than double its capacity to three million passengers annually. The same source also revealed in another article, that Oslo Airport in Norway (IATA: OSL)has been named the most efficient major air transport hub in Europe (large airport category), according to the 2011 ATRS Global Airport Performance Benchmarking Project from the Air Transport Research Society. The hub regained the title it lost in 2008 to Copenhagen Kastrup International Airport (IATA: CPH; LD reviewed), having won in 2007.

Finally, as always, the odd airport news of the week. This time the story reached us from Munich Airport (IATA: MUC; LD reviewed) in Germany: Reuters reported that on Wednesday German authorities impounded a Boeing 737 (similar to the one pictured) used by the Thai crown after seeking payment of an old debt owed by the Thai government to a collapsed German firm. According to the story, Thailand’s foreign minister said on Thursday he would fly to Germany to try to convince authorities to reverse a court-authorized impounding.

That’s all for this week, have a great and travel-disruption-(or impounded-plane-)free week!

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