FIFA may compensate fans who missed World Cup semifinal because of Durban airport congestionBy AP
Thursday, July 8, 2010
FIFA looks to compensate fans who missed semifinal
JOHANNESBURG — FIFA might compensate fans who missed the Spain’s World Cup semifinal against Germany because of congestion at Durban’s new airport.
Hundreds of fans had their flights delayed or turned away from King Shaka Airport on Wednesday after an increase in private jets contributed to all the landing slots being filled.
FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot says soccer’s governing body will definitely look at the cases of fans affected by flight problems.
Even when some planes landed, they had to take off again and head to the old Durban International Airport.
Attendance at Moses Mabhida Stadium was 1,800 below capacity for Spain’s 1-0 victory.
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