BEJING – Many flights were delayed or cancelled in China because of thick, heavy fog as the nation struggles with the coldest winter in nearly 3 decades.
NDJ World | Published: Jan 07 2013 Asia→World News
Ten thousand passengers were left stranded because of the cancelled flights at Changshui International Airport in the city of Kunming when more than 280 flights were cancelled.
Stuck in the airport for more than one day, passengers argued with staff and security. Eventually tempers flared and angry travelers began trashing computer equipment belonging to the airlines.
“The passengers were really furious, they kept going to the service desk to ask for information, but didn’t get any answers,” said the man who snapped the photo above.
Air travel is growing rapidly in China, but the country’s air corridors remain restricted by the government, creating a clogged, struggling air travel network.
In China passengers are often left waiting for hours at the entrance gate or already while aboard a plane, without being given any explanation for the delay.
Barely 30 years ago, flying was a travel option only available to top government and company officials who needed to submit a special document from their employer to buy a plane ticket.
But that is changing rapidly as rising income and cheaper flights, because of increased competition, means more Chinese are now traveling by planes.
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