【看新聞學英語】飛航旅客倉促搭機

Air Travelers Scramble for Flights

飛航旅客倉促搭機

By Justin Lee, David Lee

【新聞關鍵字】

1. scramble vt. 混亂

2. stranded adj. 擱淺的,無助的

3. airspace n. 上空,領空

4. frustrated adj. 挫敗的,失意的

5. relieved adj. 放心的,寬心的

6. ban n. 禁止,禁令

Stranded travellers in some European airports finally get some good news.

在一些歐洲機場受困的旅客,終於等到一些好消息了。

Airspace has been cleared for flights across much of Europe, allowing frustrated passengers and late cargo to travel after being shut down for 6 days.

歐洲多處上空已經晴朗到可以飛行,讓洩氣的旅客和延遲的貨物,在關閉六天後終於可以航行了。

European air traffic agency Eurocontrol say about 75 per cent of flights will operate, amounting to about 21,000 of the normal 28,000 scheduled each day.

歐洲航空交通當局歐洲空管局說,每天正常行程為28,000次航班,現在約75%、 達到21,000次的航班可以營運了。

Relieved passenger Slavko Fernedic was ready to fly.

放下心的旅客,斯洛科佛南迪,已經準備好要搭機。

[Slavko Fernedic, Stranded Passenger]:

"I got here just before 7 a.m. after I checked the Internet and the ban was lifted. Well, I just came back from the counter and there were some problems because at first, they didn't know when we'll take off. But now it's supposed to be 08.50 a.m. and I'm happy!"

[斯洛科佛南迪,受困的旅客]:“在上網確認禁飛令已經解除以後,我在早上7點以前到這裡。然而,我剛剛從櫃檯回來,那邊ㄧ開始還有些問題,他們不知道何時才能起飛。但現在起飛時間應該是8點50分,我現在很高興。”

Passengers eager to get home even drove long distances to catch flights at open aiports.

旅客渴望回到家,甚至必須開很長距離的車到已經開放的機場。

Marie-Louise Francy and her family drove from the Netherlands to catch a flight here in Munich.

瑪莉-路易絲‧法蘭西和她的家人,從荷蘭開車到慕尼黑,就為了能搭上飛機。

[Marie-Louise Francy, Stranded Passenger]:

"We were supposed to leave Amsterdam on Saturday to go back to Canada. We were postponed; we were booked for this morning. And then last night we found out that Amsterdam, or whoever, the flight got cancelled. So my sister and her husband, we got in the car and drove eight hours to catch a plane here. So we're going home!"

受困乘客瑪莉-路易絲‧法蘭西說:“我們應該是週六離開阿姆斯特丹,回到加拿大的。我們被延期了,之前是預約今天早上,然後昨晚發現,不知道是阿姆斯特丹機場還是誰,把訂的班機取消了。所以我妹妹和妹夫,我們一起跳進車子開了八小時到這裡趕搭班機。就這樣,我們要回家了!”

Not everyone has been so lucky.

並不是每個人都這麼幸運。

Airports in Sweden closed again after opening for a limited number of flights.

瑞典的機場在開放了幾班飛機之後,又再度關閉。

In Brussels, Sofia Bruce was trying to get home to Sweden after a longer-than-expected stop in the Middle East.

在布魯塞爾,蘇菲亞‧布魯絲在中東停留超過預期時間之後,正嘗試著回到瑞典的家。

[Sofia Bruce, Travelling From Australia]:

"Well, I was on my way back from Australia and we had a stop-over in Abu Dhabi and that's when they closed all airports. We've been in Abu Dhabi since Friday."

[蘇菲亞 布魯絲,從澳洲旅行回來]“嗯,我正在從澳洲回家的路上而且我們在阿布達比有一個中途停留,就在他們關閉了所有的機場的時候。我們從星期五就一直待在阿布達比。”

【新聞關鍵字】

7. backlog n. 存貨

8. erupt vi. 噴出,爆發

9. plume vi. 形成羽毛狀的煙雲

10. lessen vt. 使減少,使變小

It could take weeks to clear the backlog of passengers, and the trouble may not be over yet.

這可能需要數週來消化這些旅客,而且問題可能還沒解決。

The Icelandic volcano is still erupting, though the plumes of ash that have been causing the airspace shutdown appear to be lessening.

冰島的火山仍持續噴發,儘管導致航空停飛的火山灰雲層似乎正在減少。

本新聞影音出處:新唐人電視台英語新聞

http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/ns_europe/2010-04-22/348036533104.html

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