Airports

Regional News • Americas • United States
Man found living in an airport for 3 months over Covid fears

A man too afraid to fly due to the pandemic lived undetected in a secure area of Chicago's international airport for three months, US. He reportedly found the staff badge in the airport and was "scared to go home due to Covid"

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Berlin's Tegel Airport closed
Berlin's Tegel Airport closed
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Berlin's Cold War-era Tegel airport finally closed its doors Sunday after the Air France flight AF1235 to Paris took off. Originally built to handle 2.5 million passengers a year, Tegel passed 24 million in 2019.

The shutdown happened one week after Berlin's new BER airport opened southeast of the capital.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
German capital airport BER opens after nine years of delays
German capital airport BER opens after nine years of delays
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After a delay of nine years, the new airport of the German capital Berlin the BER has been opened. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, only a few thousand passengers per day are expected at the new airport in the coming weeks.

Berlin will now close the inner city airport Tegel. The last plane is scheduled to take off there on November 8.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Air India plane breaks into two after landing in Kerala
Boeing 737 that crashed in Calicut
Boeing 737 that crashed in Calicut Credit: Konstantin von Wedelstaedt (Public Domain)

The Air India Express plane from Dubai crashed in the southern city of Calicut in Kerala. The Boeing-737 plane had 191 passengers and crew on board when it crashed under heavy rain on Friday, police said.

At least fifteen people including both pilots died in the crash. Most onboard have been evacuated and at least 50 injured, including 15 in serious condition, have been taken to hospital, authorities said.

Regional News • Americas • United States
1,000+ TSA employees tested positive for Covid-19
A Transportation Security Administration agent at a checkpoint verifying passenger identification, John Glenn Columbus International Airport
A Transportation Security Administration agent at a checkpoint verifying passenger identification, John Glenn Columbus International Airport Credit: Michael Ball / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons CC0 Waiver)

A report released by the Transportation Security Administration shows that 1,018 employees of the agency have tested positive for Covid-19, six have died. Most of them are working as security screeners who continued working at airports.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
London City Airport reopens and resumes commercial air travel
Airplane approaching London City Airport
Airplane approaching London City Airport Credit: unsplash.com/Daniel Klein

London City Airport is reopening after having stopped all private and commercial flights on March 25. The airport will focus on domestic flights first, with the first plane departing to the Isle of Man on Sunday. Flights to European cities are expected in the coming weeks.