The mother and father of two children aged 6 and 9 faced judges in Strasbourg this week after leaving their children at an airport for almost a week.

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Children abandoned at airport for five days

The mother and father of two children aged 6 and 9 faced judges in Strasbourg this week after leaving their children at an airport for almost a week.

Children abandoned at airport for five days
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The two children were due to fly with their grandmother to Algeria from Frankfurt airport.

Airport authorities refused to let the children board the plane as their parents are divorced and they did not have the written permission of the mother to fly.

The grandmother was forced to return home to Strasbourg without the children, who were placed in the hands of German social services.

The parents were contacted to come and collect the children, but neither seemed willing, reported radio station RTL.

The father claimed he had a problem with his car while the mother said she did not have the time.

French authorities finally organised the children’s return to France.

The lawyer for the father said the incident was the result of a “misunderstanding.”

“He was contacted by German social services on Monday morning at work,” said Monique Sultan.

“He explained that he couldn’t leave his job but he was told and the mother told him that the children would be brought to him.”

The parents appeared before magistrates this week charged with “abandonment” and will risk losing custody of the children.

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French airport to close in August for repair work on main runway

A major programme of renovation work has been ongoing at Lille-Lesquin airport, but now airport bosses say that the terminal will have to close completely for a short period.

French airport to close in August for repair work on main runway
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The works have been going on at the north east France airport since November 2018, but now airport bosses say they have no choice but to close completely for two days in August to allow works to be done on the main runway.

There will therefore be no flights taking off or landing at Lille between 11pm on Monday, August 5th and 2pm on Wednesday, August 7th.

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Flights for those days are being diverted to either Ostend in Belgium or Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

The airport operators are offering free shuttle buses to ferry people to and from the diverted airport, but at 223km to Paris or 72km to Ostend, that will add significantly to journey times for flights.

For example anyone booked on the 6am flight to Varna, Bulgaria, will have to depart from Lille airport in the shuttle bus at 00.30 in order to get to Paris CDG in time to catch their flight.

Lille airport bosses apologised in advance to passengers for the disruption, but said that August was the most appropriate month to carry out the closures.

For a full list of the flights affected, and the timetable of the shuttle bus alternative, click here.

The site warns that some details are subject to change, so we would suggest that people check again nearer to their flight date.

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