China thunderstorms delay flights

27 April 2012 09:23

Thunderstorms disrupted travel plans for thousands of air passengers in China this week

Thunderstorms disrupted travel plans for thousands of air passengers in China this week

Thousands of air passengers are likely to be checking their travel insurance policies after thunderstorms delayed flights in central and eastern parts of China.

Travel chaos ensued as torrential downpours swamped areas such as Beijing, Liaoning, Hebei, Shandong, Hubei, Anhui and Jiangxi.

Some 93 flights had been cancelled and 54 delayed at the Beijing Capital International Airport by 4pm on Tuesday alone, resulting in thousands of passengers becoming stranded.

Liu Wei, a 29-year-old businesswoman whose flight to Dalian, Liaoning province, was delayed because of the storm, said she was frustrated about having to wait at the airport.

And the disruption is likely to continue as forecasters have predicted heavy rain will hit most parts of southern China over the weekend.

Beijing Capital International Airport's official website contained a notice saying passengers could help minimise disruption by checking their flight information online before arriving at the airport.

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