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Fog, wind delay 30,000 flyers from Dalian

(Xinhua)

08:20, April 26, 2012

DALIAN, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Thick fog and strong winds have delayed flights for more than 30,000 passengers at an airport in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian in the past three days, local authorities said on Wednesday.

Hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled due to thick fog on Monday and Tuesday at the Dalian airport, an airport spokesman confirmed.

Young cheerleaders were even arranged to dance at the airport to soothe stranded passengers, online photos show.

The fog dispersed Wednesday morning, but it was followed by strong winds, which again disrupted flights and left up to 10,000 passengers stranded.

The airport resumed normal operation by 3:30 p.m. after the wind abated, the spokesman said.

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