Be our guests?

December 20, 2010

Snow and ice ground flights in Europe

GERMANY/In Germany, Frankfurt airport operator Fraport said 470 flights had been canceled on Sunday so far and a worsening of weather conditions was expected from noon onwards.

“The airport halls are packed with flight guests,” a spokeswoman said, adding that about 1,000 people were forced to stay at the airport overnight.

I assume the “flight guests” is a VERY literal translation of the German “Flüggäste.”

“Fluggäste” are “passengers,” not “flight guests.”

I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of the term “flight guests” before. An airport is not called a “flight harbour,” is it?

Jason M.

We should have translated the word to “passengers.” GBU Editor

A worker cleans snow from a mobile passenger gangway at Berlin’s Schoenefeld airport, December 17, 2010.  REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

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