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China: 20,000 stranded in rare heavy fog at Chengdu airport

A red alert for flight delays was issued at midnight and it remained in place as of on Sunday afternoon.

By: PTI | Beijing |
December 4, 2016 10:26:21 pm

Over 20,000 passengers have been left stranded by delayed or cancelled flights due to rare fog that hit southwestern Chinese Chengdu city in years. A red alert for flight delays was issued at midnight and it remained in place as of on Sunday afternoon. The runway was closed for nearly 10 hours and was accessible for limited operation till noon.

According to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Sichuan province, 49 flights had been cancelled as of on Sunday noon, stranding over 20,000 passengers, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. Another 32 flights were cancelled on Saturday, and 35 arrival flights were forced to land in other airports. The airport said the heavy fog has disrupted most of the flights and stranded the passengers.

Certain flights scheduled to fly on Monday might also be affected.

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