Over the weekend, more than 20,000 passengers were left stranded in the Chengdu airport after the city was smothered by its worst “airpocalypse” in recent memory.
The runway was closed for a total of 10 hours on Sunday, causing 49 flights to be canceled and leaving over 20,000 travelers trapped, China News Service reports. Hopefully, they brought their shuttlecocks.
During the day, Chengdu’s air quality reading ranged from 240 to 330, qualifying as “very unhealthy.” Currently, the AQI remains around 200, and travelers are continuing to experience flight delays.
In the weeks to come we can likely expect more of this kind of thing now that China’s furnaces are switched on for winter. Chinese airlines are notorious for delays, thanks to acts of man, god and a frequent toxic mix of the two. Last December, a “grey Christmas” at the Beijing airport prevented take-offs and landings, causing traffic chaos in the capital.
[Images via China News]
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