More than twenty aircraft and nearly a thousand passengers waited in Nicosia on Wednesday (9 May) after being diverted from strife-torn Lebanon the previous day.
GV Nicosia airport buildings
LV Aircraft on tarmac
LV PAN Guard walks past MEA aircraft (6 shots)
SV INT. Passengers waiting in terminal with luggage (5 shots)
SCU & SVs Woman with child & other passengers
Initials ESP/2110 ESP/2127
NOTE TO EDITORS: ATTENTION IS DRAWN TO OUR PRODUCTION NUMBER 4437/73, - "CYPRUS: AIRCRAFT AND PASSENGERS DIVERTED FROM STRIFE-TORN LEBANON WAIT TO FLY OUT" - SERVICED FROM LONDON, 10 MAY 1973. THE FRONT PAGE (DOPESHEET) INCORRECTLY STATES THAT "LEBANESE GOVERNMENT FORCES CLASHED WITH PALESTINE COMMANDOS AROUND THE AIRPORT AT NICOSIA". THE AIRPORT REFERRED TO SHOULD BE BEIRUT AIRPORT.
THE SECOND PARAGRAPH OF THE DOPESHEET SHOULD READ:
"ACTIVITY AT BEIRUT AIRPORT WAS VIRTUALLY AT A STANDSTILL AS LEBANESE GOVERNMENT FORCES CLASHED WITH PALESTINE COMMANDOS AROUND THE AIRPORT IN THE CONTINUED STRUGGLE. PASSENGERS FROM DIVERTED AIRCRAFT FILLED THE HOTELS AROUND THE AIRPORT AT NICOSIA -- NORMALLY HALF EMPTY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR WHEN THE TOURIST POPULATION IS LOW."
ON THE COMMENTARY PAGE, THE LAST SENTENCE OF THE FIRST PARAGRAPH SHOULD READ: -
"FOR THOSE REMAINING ON THE TARMAC, THE AUTHORITIES IN CYPRUS MOUNTED A MILITARY GUARD AND MAINTAINED STRICT SECURITY AT NICOSIA AIRPORT", AND NOT "LEBANESE AUTHORITIES" AS INCORRECTLY STATED.
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Background: More than twenty aircraft and nearly a thousand passengers waited in Nicosia on Wednesday (9 May) after being diverted from strife-torn Lebanon the previous day.
Activity at Beirut Airport was virtually at a stand-still as Lebanese Government forces clashed with Palestine commandos around the airport in Nicosia -- normally half-empty at this time of the year, when the tourist population is low. Some airliners diverted from Beirut flew on to other destinations, while those at Nicosia waited for information on the situation at Beirut Airport.