Thousands of angry passengers were stranded after heavy fog delayed flights at a Chinese airport early on today, as the country was shivering through its coldest weather in almost three decades.
Ten thousand passengers were stuck in Changshui International Airport in the southern Chinese city of Kunming on Saturday morning after thick fog grounded more than 280 flights, state-run Xinhua news agency said.
Angry passengers stranded at the airport for more than a day struggled with airline staff, damaging computer equipment belonging to an airline, while police broke up scuffles, a photographer present at the scene late on Friday.
Flights at the airport resumed on Saturday afternoon after the fog lifted, Xinhua said.
China is suffering its coldest winter for 28 years, the news agency on Saturday quoted China’s Meteorological Administration as saying.
Plunging temperatures trapped around 1,000 ships in sea ice off eastern China’s Shandong province this week, Xinhua reported, while snowfall delayed more than 140 flights in Beijing last month, the China Daily said.
An annual Ice and Snow Festival in the northeastern city of Harbin, famous for its enormous ice-sculptures, is scheduled to open on Saturday, as temperatures in the city fall below minus 24 degrees Celsius.