Thursday, August 10, 2006

Global flight chaos after alert

From BBC News:
Worldwide air travel has been thrown into chaos following the UK terror alert and closure of London's Heathrow airport to incoming short-haul flights.

German airline Lufthansa and Greece's Olympic suspended all their flights to the UK as airlines sought to avoid worsening congestion.

The carriers suggested that the suspensions could last several hours.

UK police say they have disrupted a plot to blow up planes in mid-flight from the UK to the United States.

The US has raised its terror alert to its highest level for commercial flights from the UK.

Lufthansa could not say when flights to the UK were likely to resume.

Among other developments:
  • Australian airline Qantas restricted hand luggage on UK-bound flights and banned liquids on flights to the US
  • The US government raised the alert level for all domestic and international flights and banned passengers from taking liquids aboard flights including drinks, lotions and hair gels
  • Flights from Israel to London airports other than Heathrow were experiencing delays, a spokesman told AFP news agency
  • Germany's Frankfurt International Airport said it could accept some flights diverted from Heathrow
Read the entire article here: Global flight chaos after alert - BBC News

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