Travel: Tourists stranded as Barcelona airport cancels more flights after protests - - PressFrom - US
  •   
  •   
  •   

Travel Tourists stranded as Barcelona airport cancels more flights after protests

20:50  15 october  2019
20:50  15 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Flights to Europe Are As Cheap As $243 Round-trip Right Now

Flights to Europe Are As Cheap As $243 Round-trip Right Now Travelers looking for a European getaway are in luck, as a range of airlines are currently offering deals to several popular cities from as early as September through June of 2020. Some of the top deals found on Google Flights are available from a variety of U.S. cities to Brussels, Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid. These include $243 round-trip flights from New York to Barcelona, $260 round-trip flights from New York to Paris, $277 round-trip flights from New York to Madrid, $280 round-trip flights from Boston to Madrid, $299 round-trip flights from Chicago to Brussels, and $310 round-trip flights from Boston to Brussels.

(Adds quotes from travelers, details)

MADRID, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Hundreds of travelers were stranded at Barcelona's El Prat airport on Tuesday when 45 flights were canceled in addition to more than a hundred grounded on Monday due to protests by Catalan independence supporters, the airport authority said.

Barcelona's airport, Spain's second largest, was the focal point of the protests, with thousands of people gathering there following the jailing of nine separatist Catalan leaders by the Spanish Supreme Court. Riot police had charged at the crowd using batons and firing foam balls to hold back the protesters.

Cathay Pacific Hong Kong flights canceled due to strikes

Cathay Pacific Hong Kong flights canceled due to strikes Mass demonstrations and strikes in Hong Kong forced its biggest airline, Cathay Pacific, to cancel more than 150 flights on Monday and urge passengers to postpone non-essential travel. © Paul Yeung/Bloomberg/Getty Cathay Pacific canceled more than 150 flights on Monday as Hong Kong grapples with mass demonstrations. Cathay Pacific urged customers not to fly Monday and Tuesday, and said it would waive fees for rebooking. Shares in Cathay plunged more than 4% during trading Monday. The airline is the city's flagship carrier.

Jordi Munoz, a spokesman for Spanish airport operator Aena told Reuters no delays or cancellations were planned for Wednesday, and Tuesday had been largely calm. "The 45 canceled flights today are actually a consequence of yesterday's cancellations," he said.

He said most of Monday's protesters did not make it inside the terminal and that there was little infrastructural damage.

Lucille, a 64-year-old pensioner from France whose flight was delayed, said: "No one could leave or exit the airport. I spent the night on this [piece of cardboard], without food or water."

"The vending machines quickly emptied and the queues to charge phones were endless. I'm exhausted," she said.

Munoz said he was not able to provide an estimate of the economic impact or the number of passengers affected by the protests at this stage, as airlines had not communicated flight fill rates with airport authorities.

Another passenger Estelle, 45, said: "We saw this huge mass of policemen, and protesters, especially all along the highway - I'd never seen anything like it."

She also said she supported the Catalans' right to protest as "part of democracy."

(Reporting by Clara-Laeila Laudette, Marco Trujillo and Luis Felipe Fernandez, Editing by Andrei Khalip and Jane Merriman)

Protests in Hong Kong Hurting Tourism Industry .
New government report supports fears of industry insiders.According to The Associated Press, Hong Kong officials announced the region’s economy shrank 3.2 percent in July-September, which is considered a technical recession. The drop is the second consecutive quarter of decline following a 0.5 percent dip in April-June.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 3
This is interesting!