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Red Alert Issued for Severe Flight Delays in China Today, See Which Airports Affected

Posted: 07/29/2014 10:40 am

flight delays airlineSeveral airports located in eastern China will have their service severely reduced or outright cancelled later this afternoon, reports MSN.

The National Aviation Management Department sent out an aviation delay red alert last night that spoke of “exceptionally busy airspace” above Shanghai during the afternoon of July 29. For this reason, Shanghai Hongqiao and Pudong airports will both have their service decreased by 75% along with the airport in Zhenzhou.

As well, the following airports will not be able to accept any arriving flights at all: the Jiangsu provincial cities of Xuzhou, Lianyungang, Zhun’an, Yancheng, Changzhou, Yangzhou, and Nantong, as well as the city of Linyi in Shandong Province.

Furthermore, there will be no departures from these airports: the Jiangxi provincial cities of Nanchang, Ganzhou, Jinggangshan, Jiujiang, Yichun, and Jingdezhen; the Zhejiang provincial cities of Luqiao and Wenzhou; and also Wuyishan in Fujian Province.

The delays are blamed on local weather conditions that include rain and thunder, however many suspect they are a result of military exercises. Tempers have already flared as fights have broken out at Shenzhen Airport due to delays.

Photo: MSN


Landing system at Guangzhou airport goes on the fritz, 57 flights affected

Posted: 12/21/2012 7:00 am

More than 1,000 passengers were affected when flights were delayed or cancelled and incoming flights were diverted to Shenzhen or Zhuhai on Tuesday (December 18), China Daily reports. The cause was a breakdown in the instrument landing system.

An instrument landing system is a ground-based approach system providing precision guidance to an aircraft approaching and landing on a runway, using a combination of radio signals and, in many cases, high-intensity lighting to enable a safe landing. It is illegal to allow a plane to land at an airport where the system isn’t functioning, a pilot told the newspaper.

Airport authorities said 57 flights were affected by the breakdown. Twenty-five flights — 15 arrivals and 10 departures — were delayed for more than an hour.

Ten flights were diverted to Shenzhen and Zhuhai airports while another 10 arrivals were canceled by about 10 pm. Operations at the airport, one of the three busiest in China, returned to normal after midnight.

There has been much dissatisfaction with flight delays and cancellations in China this year. It is common for a flight to be delayed without warning or explanation.

The most notorious case this year was when 20 people blocked the runway at Shanghai Pudong Airport to protest the delay of a Shenzhen Airlines flight.

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