Locusts decide Nice is nice

30th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

NICE, France, July 29 (AFP) - Tourists may be flocking to the French Riviera in droves but before they can stake out a spot on the beach, they'll have to battle with the swarm of locusts that have invaded the airport in Nice.

NICE, France, July 29 (AFP) - Tourists may be flocking to the French Riviera in droves but before they can stake out a spot on the beach, they'll have to battle with the swarm of locusts that have invaded the airport in Nice.

Airport officials insisted Thursday that the pests - identified by experts as Italian locusts, or Calliptamus Italicus - posed no threat to air traffic.

The Nice chamber of commerce, which runs the airport, has called in exterminators to rid the facility of the pesky problem before they can reproduce.

In October 2000, the airport was paralysed for nearly five hours when an army of snails marched onto the tarmac, leaving behind slippery secretions that made landings a tricky business.

© AFP

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