25 arriving and departing flights have been cancelled and almost 700 flights delayed in 24 hours of chaos at Hong Kong.
According to the South China Morning Post, the disruption was caused by a storm which paralysed the airport throughout Saturday.
Numerous flights were diverted to other airports or left circling overhead, while those who managed to land faced waiting up to two hours before reaching a gate. A spokesman for the airport said that it had become “quite full.”
Delays built up as planes were unable vacate gates due to air traffic and weather restrictions, and lightning forced ground crews to abandon refueling, baggage, cargo and meal collections for safety reasons.
A spokesman admitted the situation had become “very unpleasant,” and that it was unfortunate passengers had been forced to wait for so long.
“When there are delays or any inclement weather, there is a snowball effect that rolls on and on,” the spokesman said.
By Dominic Jackson