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Durban airport descends into 'absolute chaos'

Transportation, considered the weak link of the South Africa World Cup, was not a major issue until Wednesday's semifinal when hundreds of fans bound for Durban for the Germany-Spain game missed the match because their flights were unable to land. The situation, described as “absolute chaos” by a British Airways pilot, came after air traffic authorities closed the airport because of congestion on the runway caused by private aircraft carrying VIPs to the game.

Some of the fans had spent upward of $1,300 for semifinal tickets but were stuck in Johannesburg while private jets carrying Spain’s King Juan Carlos, South African President Jacob Zuma, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and socialite Paris Hilton landed.

Two British Airways and four South African Airways flights were affected because of the poor scheduling.

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