Officials said three planeloads of football fans headed for the FIFA World Cup semi-final between Spain and Germany have been forced to turn back from Durban's King Shaka international airport.
Two planes from Johannesburg and one from Cape Town were refused permission to land after the airport was swamped by arrivals, spokesman Colin Naidoo told The Associated Press.
He said the problem was caused by the large numbers of supporters arriving at the airport for the World Cup semi-final.
Smaller aircraft were allowed to land and disembark passengers before taking off again and 'parking' at the old Durban International airport, Naidoo said.
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