Travel briefs

California

Disneyland employee, 81,     set to mark 60 years at park

ANAHEIM — An 81-year-old Disneyland employee is set to celebrate his 60th anniversary of working at the California theme park.

KABC-TV reports Oscar Martinez works at Carnation Cafe along the park’s Main Street, U.S.A. He came to work at Disneyland as a busboy only a year after the park’s opening in 1955.

His skill at making breakfast potatoes first got him noticed. They’re included on the menu at the cafe as part of “Oscar’s Choice,” which is named in his honor.

Martinez’s longevity has made him a Disneyland character of sorts. The station says he spends less time in the kitchen and more time greeting fans.

Martinez says he has no plans to hang up his chef hat. He says he doesn’t want to talk about retirement, “because it’s way off.”

KABC is owned by Disney.

New York

Groundbreaking held for hotel at JFK’s TWA terminal

NEW YORK  — A groundbreaking has been held for a hotel complex at the historic TWA terminal at New York’s Kennedy Airport.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that the landmark will be preserved and enhanced as a centerpiece of the development. It’s expected to open in 2018. A museum will showcase “the birthplace of the jet age.”

The once-glamorous terminal was designed by modernist Eero Saarinen, whose works include the St. Louis Gateway Arch. It was completed in 1962 and hailed as an icon of modern design.  Parts of the terminal were threatened with demolition in 2003.

Cuomo noted that Kennedy, which serves more than 56 million passengers annually, is one of the few airports in the nation without an on-airport hotel.

Denmark

Danish government plans to upgrade Copenhagen airport

COPENHAGEN — Denmark’s government plans to spend $2.8 billion on further expanding Copenhagen airport — the Nordic hub — with more long-haul flights and reorganization of runways.

Business Minister Brian Mikkelsen says Denmark’s infrastructure needs to be improved as people travel more nowadays, adding the aim is to reach 40 million passengers a year by 2024, up from the present 27 million.

Mikkelsen says an estimated 12,500 jobs would be created during the expansion and 9,000 permanent jobs when completed.

Airport CEO Thomas Woldbye says “if we don’t expand now, we will run out of space in a few years.”

The plan is pending parliamentary approval.

Germany

German court rules Gurlitt’s art collection can go to Bern

BERLIN — A German court has ruled that a vast trove of art which a German collector kept hidden from the world for decades can go to a Swiss museum as requested in his will.

The Munich state court said Thursday that Cornelius Gurlitt’s will is valid, rejecting a case brought by his cousin Uta Werner who claimed the 81-year-old wasn’t mentally fit when he wrote it.

Gurlitt died in May 2014, months after German authorities announced they had seized more than 1,000 artworks at his apartment. His will designated Switzerland’s Kunstmuseum Bern as his sole heir. A lower court rejected Werner’s challenge and she appealed.

The Bern museum has pledged to ensure that any pieces looted by the Nazis before making their way into Gurlitt’s collection will be returned to Jewish owners’ heirs.

The Associated Press

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