SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)--A Brazilian judge banned Fokker 100, Boeing 737-700 and Boeing 737-800 planes from taking off and landing at Sao Paulo's Congonhas airport starting Thursday because of safety concerns, according to a court spokeswoman Tuesday.
The injunction, signed by Federal Judge Ronald de Carvalho Filho, will potentially cause chaos at airports, forcing airlines to divert a large number of flights from Congonhas domestic airport, Brazil's largest. Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (GOL) would potentially be the worst hit company, since it uses planes made by Boeing Co. (BA) for its domestic and international flights.
The judge upheld a case brought by federal prosecutors that questioned the safety of the main runway at the airport. Excess water on the runway has caused a couple of planes to slip onto the grass at the airport in recent months. The federal prosecutors also questioned whether the runway was long enough.
Source: Brazil Judge Bans Boeing, Fokker Jets From Sao Paulo Airport
[Edited 2007-02-07 01:35:11]