Winter Olympic team lose gear in new terminal
9 February 2006, MADRID — Spain's Winter Olympics team is left without skis and snowboards after they got lost at Madrid Airport's new Terminal 4.
9 February 2006
MADRID — Spain's Winter Olympics team is left without skis and snowboards after they got lost at Madrid Airport's new Terminal 4.
The new ultra-modern terminal designed by British architect Richard Rogers has had a series of teething problems since it was opened last weekend.
Luggage has gone missing and passengers have been waiting for hours for flights.
But now members of the Spanish Winter Olympics team have been become the latest victims.
They have been left without skis and snowboards just two days before the event starts in Italy.
Snowboarder Jordi Font and skier Nuria Montané are waiting anxiously for their gear to arrive.
Without it they cannot start training this weekend.
But time is running out for Montané because she is due to start competing in the freestyle event this Saturday.
Coach José Cerví has camped out in Turin Airport to wait for Iberia to come up with the bags.
Since the new Barajas terminal opened, the airport management and Iberia - which now has all its flights arriving and leaving from this terminal – have received hundreds of complaints about lost luggage and flight delays.
On Wednesday, the airport manager said about 80 percent of the flights were on time.
This was a substantial improvement from Sunday and Monday when only 60 percent arrived or left when they were supposed to.
The 15-member Spanish team for Turin mainly consists of skiers and snowboarders, the latter group including 16-year-old Queralt Castellet.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news