Flights rescheduled after heavy fog causing chaos at Xinjiang airport

08:25, November 29, 2010      

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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

(Editor:王千原雪)

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