Hurricane Isaac on 28 August 2012

This week: Isaac, a WWII bomb, hijacking fears & strikes

It’s been a weather dominating week in airport news story terms as hurricane Isaac overshadowed most other news, but, nevertheless, we found a few other interesting articles from around the globe for you.

Let’s get the beast out of the way first: Hurricane Isaac caused havoc this week along the Gulf of Mexico which meant flight delays and airport closures where a necessary side effect. First up was Florida which had to close airports in the Southern end of the state but reopened early in the week when Isaac moved further East as reported by the Washington Post. USA Today later reported of cancellations and closures along other parts of the Gulf Coast. On Friday then Nola.com reported that commercial airlines have resumed service at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) after the hurricane past the region.

In Europe two airports dominated this week’s airport news – and no, London Heathrow (LHR) wasn’t one of them (although there appeared a few minor stories about the long ongoing debate for a 3rd runway for the airport this week too). The first story was about Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) that made double headlines on Wednesday. The Chicago Tribune reported that [the airport] reopened its runways and terminals on Wednesday afternoon after a World War Two bomb found on the site was removed and reports of a hijacking proved unfounded. The article stated that authorities had closed parts of the airport after the unexploded German bomb was discovered buried underground near Terminal C. According to the same article, a few hours after the discovery of the bomb, the Dutch defense ministry sent two fighter planes to intercept a Vueling passenger plane with about 180 passengers on board. The plane, which had flown from Malaga in Spain (AGP), lost radio contact with air traffic control, prompting fears it had been hijacked. It landed safely at Schiphol where it was surrounded by security forces on the tarmac until the military police established that the aircraft had not been hijacked.

The second European airport in the headlines this week was Germany’s Frankfurt airport (FRA). A Lufthansa cabin crew strike over a 5% pay rise brought the airport close to a standstill on Friday. The next day Reuters reported that the German airline said Friday’s strike by its cabin crews cost the company millions and forced it to cancel another 19 flights on Saturday. The article also stated that UFO, the union of the flight attendants, warned that industrial action could continue for a long time and widen into nationwide stoppages if Lufthansa does not meet its demands.

That’s all we have for this week – safe, strike-free travels!

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