Flights rescheduled after heavy fog causing chaos at Xinjiang airport

08:25, November 29, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Flights are being rescheduled Sunday after heavy fog caused chaos at an airport in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, airport officials said.

The fog began to impair operations at the Urumqi International Airport in this capital city of Xinjiang at about 5 p.m. Saturday, cutting visibility to only 50 meters.

Almost 320 domestic and international flights had been canceled or delayed by Sunday noon, leaving nearly 10,000 passengers stranded at the airport.

The airport administration rescheduled some 126 delayed flights to take off beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday after the fog lifted, with the final group of passengers expected to leave by midnight.

Fog is expected to continue in the northern parts of Xinjiang Monday and snow is forecasted in the region, reducing temperatures by up to 8 degrees, according to the latest weather reports.

Source: Xinhua


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion