Heavy fog throws Chinese flights out of gear

Published on : Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Heavy fog throws Chinese flightsChinese state media reported that heavy fog in south-western China delayed dozens of flights and forcing thousands of passengers to twiddle their thumbs on Wednesday.

The bad weather at Chengdu International Airport started about 7:30am and quickly worsened. By 8am, visibility had fallen to less than 100 metres and both runways had to be closed, media reports said.

As of 10am, 70 outbound flights were running behind schedule causing delays to about 10,000 passengers.

Normal service was resumed about 1pm, local media reported, though it did not say how many people or flights had been affected by that point.

Most afternoon flights were running about two hours late, but airport authorities were confident of clearing the passenger backlog by 6pm.

The delays would not have an impact on flights scheduled for Thursday, it said.

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