Exclusive: German airport refuses to let La Scala orchestra take offNews
The La Scala Philharmonic last night ran into trouble at Hamburg airport.
After their concert at the ElbPhilharmonie, the musicians boarded a 2230 flight home to Milan, only to be ordered off the plane.
The reason? The airport was due to close at 2300.
What really happened was that the musicians arrived at 9 p.m. but ran into a staff go-slow. It took more than an hour to do security checks for 100 people, only one gate was open, and every instrument was triple-checked. Take-off was pushed back to 10.20pm. At 11pm the airport watch tower ordered everyone to get off. They were going home.
La Scala Philharmonic management arranged for the musicians to spend the night at a hotel before returning home this morning.
Ground staff at Hamburg airport are claiming they are understaffed.
Expect trouble if you have to visit that city.