This week: LAX experience to get painful, Melbourne runway “on fire”

Okay, this is going to be a quick news review of this week’s airport related news from around the world. In short, not much happened which is probably good news as it means no major disruptions plagued travellers this week. Here’s what we found regardless

This week ABC reported that LAX officials began warning the public about the coming inconveniences that will stretch over the next few years and affect traffic around the terminals and passenger movements inside them at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). According to the article the aging airport is scheduled to get newly surfaced roads, upgraded restaurants with Los Angeles themes, and some terminal makeovers that will infuse more sunlight into otherwise cave-like interiors. Also in the plans are new bathrooms and, that essential for travelers, more outlets and USB ports for charging electronic devices.

Over in Australia we received two airport related reports this week that are worth mentioning. The first one reached us on Tuesday when the Sydney Morning Herald wrote that debris falling out of a plane during take-off at Melbourne Airport (MEL) left spot fires burning across the runway, causing all flights to be suspended. In the same article Melbourne Airport spokeswoman Anna Gillett said the aircraft did not catch fire, and said initial reports indicated engine failure caused the Vietnam Airways plane to break down. She further said the plane broke down at the intersection of “our two runways, which is why we had to suspend all flights for the safety of everyone”.

And our second article from Australia – and the last one for this week’s review – came from the other large city on Australia’s East coast: Sydney. There, the Sydney Morning Herald wrote, a mother-of-four has been charged with supporting terrorism after she was arrested at Sydney Airport (SYD) while trying to board a flight to Syria with her young children, police say. According to the article detectives from the Joint Counter Terrorism Team arrested the 29-year-old woman, from Brisbane, at the airport shortly before she was due to board the international flight.

That’s all for this week – nice and short! Save travels everyone!

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