10,000 passengers delayed at Chengdu airport as heavy fog shuts down runways

Normal service resumed at 1pm, delays not expected to affect Thursday flights

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 November, 2017, 5:27pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 November, 2017, 5:27pm

Thousands of airline passengers were left twiddling their thumbs on Wednesday after heavy fog in southwestern China caused delays to dozens of flights, state media reported.

The bad weather at Chengdu International Airport started about 7:30am and quickly worsened, China News Service reported.

By 8am, visibility had fallen to less than 100 metres and both runways had to be closed, it said.

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As of 10am, 70 outbound flights were running behind schedule causing delays to about 10,000 passengers.

Normal service was resumed about 1pm, local newspaper Sichuan Daily reported, though it did not say how many people or flights had been affected by that point.

Most afternoon flights were running about two hours late, but airport authorities were confident of clearing the passenger backlog by 6pm, the report said.

The delays would not have an impact on flights scheduled for Thursday, it said.