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Heavy fog disrupts air traffic in NW China's Xinjiang

(Xinhua)

15:35, November 21, 2011

URUMQI, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Flights of more than 4,000 travelers were disrupted Monday after heavy fog grounded dozens of planes at the airport of Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Urumqi International Airport had confirmed that 45 flights were delayed by 1 p.m., and another six Urumqi-bound flights were diverted to neighboring airports in Dunhuang city, Gansu province, and Xinjiang's Karamay city.

Fog has blanketed the airport since 8 a.m., reducing the visibility to less than 50 meters, and has lingered since.

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