New Year’s Day flight chaos hits Chinese airports
Thousands of passengers were left stranded in southern China on New Year’s Day as bad weather swept across the region. Xinhua reported that approximately 2,000 passengers were stranded on Saturday at Lhasa’s Gongga Airport, Tibet, when 12 outbound flights were cancelled due to poor visibility, caused by high levels of dust in the air. Elsewhere, sleet delayed 36 flights at Guiyang airport in Guizhou province.
More disruption is likely this week, as meteorologists forecast that a cold front will sweep across northwest and central China over the next few days. The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, is likely to be severely affected, with Guizhou and Hunan provinces also seeing heavy snowfall.