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Transport: Air travel worst hit by the smog

Smoggy weather in Shanghai forced the closure of highways and disrupted flights again yesterday morning.

The G40, G60 and G15 highways were closed or partially closed due to fog for a short time but had reopened by 7:40am.

Visibility in suburban Jinshan and Fengxian districts was below 50 meters at one point due to high humidity. An orange alert for fog, the second highest in a three-color warning system which was issued on Thursday night, was lifted at 6:30am.

An orange alert for haze, also the second highest in a three-color system, remained in force.

Fog overnight on Thursday led to a large number of delays and cancelations at Pudong International Airport yesterday. 

By 5pm, more than 200 flights had been delayed and more than 60 canceled, airport operators said.

China Southern Airlines added more staff to take care of passengers left stranded because of delays.

Some incoming flights were diverted to Hongqiao Airport, which escaped much of the fog and suffered few delays yesterday.

However, both airports were advising passengers to keep checking flight information for today.


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