The recent bout of smog to hit northern China has caused misery for travellers attempting to land at Beijing and Tianjin airports over the Christmas period, with a large number of flights forced to return to their point of origin or be redirected to nearby airports.
NetEase quotes a reporter on a recent flight to Beijing who shared his experience of landing at the airport, stating that the captain came over the radio to say:
Dear passengers, this is your captain speaking. Although we’ve landed at the airport, due to the poor visibility we are unable to move. Please be patient.
The reporter added that had the captain not announced they had landed at the airport, he would not have been aware they had touched down due to the thickness of the smog.
Weather reports indicate that the smog is set to get worse today before Beijing’s get to enjoy a brief respite from the smog on December 27. Unfortunately the grey skies are then set to return with a vengeance on Monday morning.
The smog is reported to have cancelled at least 90 domestic flights and more than 10 international flights bound for Beijing. In addition, several flights destined for Shanghai, Chongqing and Chengdu faced severe delays.
Hundreds of flights cancelled in Beijing on hazy Christmas. Smog to disperse at noon, return on Monday. No kidding. pic.twitter.com/5qVAQEqmki
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) December 26, 2015
By Lucy Liu
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