Paris Hilton not in any way involved.
Fifa has said that fans who missed Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final between Spain and Germany because of airport congestion may be compensated.
Durban’s King Shaka Airport turned away flights after an increase in private jets took up all its landing slots.
Fifa spokesman Nicolas Maingot told reporters the governing body would look into the cases of fans affected.
The Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban was reportedly 1,800 short of full capacity for Spain’s 1-0 victory over Germany.
King Shaka Airport was so congested that even planes which landed successfully had to take to the air again and divert to the other local airport, Durban International.
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) blamed VIP jets for making five flights – carrying approximately 700 fans – late by not moving after landing, therefore blocking landing space for the other planes.
Airport officials have now said that VIP jets will be towed if they refuse to make way for commercial airlines at Johannesburg Airport on Sunday.
“We are going to be more forceful. If aircraft refuse to move we will tow them away,” ACSA operations manager Themba Maseko stated.
ACSA chief executive Monhla Hlahla told a local radio station that “priority had to be given to VIPs who were caught up in the situation”, adding that Fifa planes were allowed to land before commercial flights.
South Africa’s transport minister Sibusiso Ndebele has apologised to the fans and vowed to “strengthen” plans for the remainder of the World Cup. (BBC Sport)
Well that’s good to know. Mr Ndebele promised to strengthen plans for the ‘remainder’ of the World Cup, which essentially is only the final as no one gives a damn about the third place match. Seriously can you imagine how livid you would be if you had made plans to see your country in the semi-finals only to find that some champagne soaked idiot with no interest in the game wouldn’t move their private jet?
If I was on board one of those planes I would have stormed the cockpit and brought the plane down and calmly edged the jets aside with the wings, clearly this action may end in tragedy but surely it would be worth taking the risk.