For many Beijingers, there is simply no escape from this latest airpocalypse with hundreds of outgoing flights canceled and multiple highways out of town shut down due to the heavy smog.
By Tuesday evening, 351 flight departures had been canceled due to “limited visibility” yesterday at the Beijing Capital International Airport, the world’s second biggest airport.
At the same time, multiple highways running in, out and around the city of over 20 million people were shut down in recent days in a desperate effort to keep vehicles off the road.
With many residents trying to flee the city, these efforts have effectively blocked their escape route, trapping them inside smog hell.
“As highways are closed, flights are canceled, where do you think you can go? Not until you all suck in all the smog will you be able to go. Don’t be so naive, even if you want to leave Beijing you won’t be able to see the door (in the smog)!” Quartz records one Weibo user as complaining.
Though you’d think that Beijingers would be used to this kind of thing by now. Last year, just after Christmas, heavy smog also caused travel chaos at the Beijing airport grounding about 100 flights. Currently, Tianjin is dealing with the same sort of problems with 243 flights canceled yesterday. Earlier this month, heavy smog left 20,000 travelers stranded at the Chengdu airport.
On Friday evening, Beijing issued its first red alert for smog of the year. That warning is supposed to expire by tomorrow; however, the AQI in Beijing is still hovering at a “hazardous” 489. Still, we look forward to a brighter tomorrow.
[Images via Xinhua]
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