Fri, December 25, 2009
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14,000 passengers stranded as fog continues to blanket SW China

2009-12-25 13:17:50 GMT2009-12-25 21:17:50 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Buildings are seen in heavy fog in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Dec. 24, 2009. At least 6 cities in Sichuan Province was hit by heavy fog on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing)

Buildings are seen in heavy fog in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Dec. 24, 2009. At least 6 cities in Sichuan Province was hit by heavy fog on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing)

CHENGDU, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- More than 14,000 passengers were stranded as heavy fog continued to blanket the Shuangliu International Airport of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, Friday.

The fog forced the closure of the airport for six and a half hours, delaying 126 flights and causing cancellation of 24 flights while another 17 flights landed in nearby airports, said Lu Junming, a publicity official of the airport..

More than 1,000 passengers had been staying at the airport since Thursday when the fog started to blanket the region and forced the closure of the airport.

The airport staff were providing food and water as well as ticket refunding services to the passengers, he said.

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