ANXIOUS passengers and people waiting for friends and relatives to arrive at Kai Tak last night criticised airport management for not releasing more information sooner during the two-hour closure. They said they feared it was a commercial airliner that had crashed with their loved ones on it. Anthony Evans, who works at the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club, had been waiting over an hour for a friend to fly in from Dubai. 'I have been here since 7.30 pm and all it says on the arrivals board is that the plane should have landed at 7.40 pm. 'It is a bit worrying. There was another Air France plane due to land at the same time and people thought it might be one of those. 'All we have had is a pretty anodyne announcement that there is a problem on the runway. I have been hanging around thinking my friend could be walking in at any minute and now I find out the plane has been diverted.' Financial markets worker Nick Thompson was waiting for his girlfriend Susie Easby to come in on the same flight. 'The airport have not told us anything. I have no idea what is happening. I think the information they have given us has been a complete load of rubbish. 'All they have announced is that the runway is shut, but they have given no reason for it.' Hong Kong resident Ted Marr said there was utter confusion at the airport and a reluctance on the part of authorities to release information relating to the accident. Mr Marr, whose flight to Sydney was delayed, said counter staff were telling passengers they were not authorised to give details. He said airport announcements initially declared flights had been stopped because of a temporary closure of the runway. These continued to be broadcast into the night. Taiwanese Wong Chun-ming, 63, was worried the delay would disappoint his young grandson who had been eagerly waiting for him in their Taipei home. Mr Wong had been a two-week business trip to the mainland. A total of 52 outward bound flights and 39 inward bound flights were delayed during the closure of the runway. Two flights were cancelled. The Civil Aviation Department said they would extend the airport curfew to clear the backlog. Some passengers were leaving the airport in the belief their flights would be cancelled. 'They were giving us a really irritating snow job,' Mr Marr said. 'I have been getting profoundly upset trying to get any information out of the authorities.' Laurette Johnson, who was flying back to Perth, Western Australia, said: 'Our driver on the coach to the airport told us that we might be delayed because a plane has crashed but we didn't know if he was joking.'