EUROBUS From Spain, joined Nov 2004, 313 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6256 times:
Sad news in Mallorca, The Basque terrorist group ETA has killed two Guardia Civil a few hours ago, wanting to cause chaos and draw attention, like each summer. Apparently all sea ports and airports to the island have been closed. Can anyone confirm this?
My feelings go to the Guardia Civil and their families.
BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6129 times:
The Mail on line is reporting that there was a bomb explosion outside a Civil Guard barracks in Palma Nova near Magaluf on the south-west of the island. Two Spanish Civil Guard officers have been killed and passersbys injured. It follows an ETA attack in Northern Spain yesterday and is the first time the group has targeted Majorca.
As this is an escalation in the ETA's tatics (no prior warning was given), no doubt the Guardia Civil wants to prevent further attacks. Also, with an estimated 15,000 British tourists alone currently in the area of the attack, tourism might suffer badly if the Civil Guardia did not act quickly, hence the closure of the airport and ports in an attempt to stop the terrorists escaping.
EUROBUS From Spain, joined Nov 2004, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5732 times:
Quoting Racko (Reply 6): according to the news there it will be closed until 2200 CEST
A Thursday during peak season and at one of Europe's main holiday destinations; this will probably cause a bit of trouble. However, I trust that, as usual, tourists and media in general will not give the importance or relevance ETA is looking for after this awful attack and wait patiently for all to go back to normality. Life goes on and the best way to fight these terrorists is by not giving them any coverage.
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4313 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5607 times:
AB operated on schedule PMI-AMS and arrived only 5 minutes late. Departure would've been around 1400L time.
A HV flight to AMS is forecasting a delay of 'only' 2 hours.
Seems that operations at PMI are not suffering too much?!
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
NEMA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 731 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4056 times:
Quoting Wexfordflyer (Reply 10): This has the potential to really mess with the Charters schedules!!
Awesome thought really. Some folks will be working overtime to sort this mess out and i suppose it will affect holidaymakers from a far wider reach with aircraft being where they are not supposed to be.
There isnt really a dark side to the moon, as a matter of fact its all dark!
Planesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 3946 times:
Quoting NEMA (Reply 11): i suppose it will affect holidaymakers from a far wider reach with aircraft being where they are not supposed to be.
Well it's not had that affect on the UK's airlines. A few flights to and from Palma yesterday were delayed and one of Thomson's cruise ships would have left Palma a few hours late, that's about it. For Thomson at least, who have a cruise changeover in Palma on Thursdays and therefore quite a few flights, all aircraft were back at base long before the start of play today.
Babybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3634 times:
I think banning flights was a little extreme. Surely they could have allocated more security to the airport to monitor people leaving. Those passengers on flight only tickets will have to stump up the non-refundable cost of a hotel room.
Stopping general aviation and seaport movements I understand,as these people have somewhere to sleep at least or the dosh to pay for it.
The bomb was in Palma Nova wasn't it? I read this morning that it was in the town of Calvia.