Cape Town - OR Tambo International airport will be able to deal with the influx of planes that will be flying into Johannesburg for the 2010 FIFA World Cup final at Soccer City on Sunday, says Acsa.
On Wednesday, scores of soccer fans missed the semi-final between Spain and Germany at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium because the newly built King Shaka International Airport was unable to handle the number of flights landing there.
Air traffic into Johannesburg for Sunday’s final is expected to be exceed the number of flights that flew to Durban.
Geneva - The volcanic ash cloud from Iceland is expected to change directions and head towards the Arctic when the weather changes towards the end of the week, the World Meteorological Organisation said on Tuesday.
"The current high pressure system with weak winds and slowly descending air in the centre of the high does not help very much to disperse the ash cloud," the UN weather agency said in a factsheet.
Paris - Applause, cheers and whoops of joy rang out from Asia to New York to Paris on Tuesday as airplanes gradually took to the skies after five days of being grounded by the drifting volcanic ash that has crippled European air travel.
Only limited flights were allowed to resume on Tuesday, and most of British airspace remained shut down. An international pilots group warned that ash remains a danger and meteorologists say Iceland's still-erupting volcano isn't ready to rest yet, promising more choked airspace and flight delays to come.
Beijing - More than 150 flights from China to Europe have been cancelled in the past week due to ash from a volcano in distant Iceland, stranding hundreds of passengers, the government said Monday.
"A total of 150 flights have been cancelled since April 14," a spokesperson for China's civil aviation administration said, declining to be named.
The figure includes only the nation's four biggest domestic carriers, and not foreign airlines that have cancelled their flights from China.
New York - Days of flight cancellations caused by a lingering mammoth volcanic ash cloud came to an end on Monday night for at least a few travellers who left New York's John F Kennedy airport on flights home.
Air France flight 023 to Paris took off three hours behind schedule and the hundreds of passengers lined up at check-in counters in New York's main airport suggested there would likely be more delays ahead.
Iran - Algerian state airline Air Algerie is sending passengers to France by ferry because Iceland's volcanic ash cloud has shuttered French airports.
Air Algerie CEO Abdelwahid Bouabdallah has told The Associated Press, "as of this morning we are sending tourists back by boat" to France.
He says there are worries that the cloud could spread across the Mediterranean.
He spoke on Sunday in Oran, Algeria, where his airline is sponsoring an international meeting of gas-producing countries.