After delays of flights heading to and from Shanghai’s airports caused multiple brawls in Shanghai and Hong Kong, airport staff in China’s capital must be feeling nervous as over 60 flights were cancelled and many others delayed due to heavy thunderstorms in Beijing.
Flight delays are expected to continue until at least Thursday, as Shanghai Daily reports:
Some 32 outbound flights from Shanghai and 36 incoming flights from Beijing were canceled at the city’s two airports – Hongqiao and Pudong. Nearly all the departures and arrivals between the two cities were delayed, the Shanghai Airport Authority said.
“Apart from the thunder and heavy rainfall in Beijing, there were also air traffic restrictions in place on the route,” an official with the China Eastern Airlines said yesterday.
China Eastern issued a statement around noon yesterday saying all flights in east China region to Beijing were severely impacted.
“Some flights were delayed by four or five hours while others were canceled,” the Shanghai-based airlines said.
China Southern issued a yellow alert for flights delays to Beijing around noon. It expect flights to be affected for at least three more days.
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