Kunming police yesterday denied involvement in a scuffle with more than 170 passengers stranded at the airport because of bad weather and runway repairs. A spokeswoman for Yunnan province's Public Security Department confirmed a scuffle had taken place, but said the passengers were not directing their anger at the police, but at China Southern Airlines. 'They were not angry with us. They were unhappy because China Southern Airlines left them stranded at the airport, but did not give them any explanation or service,' she said. 'We just went there to keep order at the airport and to prevent further chaos between the passengers and the airline staff.' She said police had been called to the scene to keep passengers out of the airline's office because a large number had gathered there to protest. Some of them used chairs to smash computers, tables and other facilities belonging to the airline. Xinhua said earlier that the passengers had scuffled with airport police after being stranded for more than 16 hours, and the airline did not provide any meals or hotel accommodation. A China Southern employee at the airport said the passengers were heading to Changsha and Guiyang . They had accepted compensation offers of 100 yuan (HK$114) from the airline and left Kunming on two rescheduled flights. 'It took us hours to reach an agreement, but eventually all of them reached their destinations safely,' she said. Xinhua said that of the 130 passengers heading to Changsha, about 40 had initially refused to board the rescheduled flight because they were dissatisfied with the airline's compensation offer. They demanded that the airline pay each of them 600 to 1,000 yuan and offer a written apology. Some said they did not want the money and asked the airline to run an apology in all the major newspapers and television channels in Kunming and Changsha, and offer each of them 1 yuan as a token of apology. The airline employee said it had no plans to issue an apology. 'I can only tell you that all of them agreed to the 100 yuan compensation offer,' the employee said, refusing to disclose further details. Ai Qingping , duty manager at the Kunming office of China Southern Airlines, told Xinhua that the flights to Changsha on Monday had been delayed because a runway had been closed for repairs at the destination airport. Earlier reports said two flights from Kunming to Guiyang were delayed by bad weather. Xinhua quoted Mr Ai as saying the airline was not responsible for the delay. 'We pay the 100 yuan in consideration that it's very inconvenient and difficult for all the passengers to spend a whole night at the airport,' he was quoted as saying.