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Approaching typhoon grounds 70 flights at city airports

ABOUT 70 flights were cancelled at Shanghai's Pudong and Hongqiao airports early this afternoon as typhoon Bolaven was moving closer to the city, airport authorities said today.

Only 287 outbound flights and 223 inbound flights, about 30 percent of the total, managed to leave and enter the two airports as of 12:30pm.

China's major air carriers canceled their flights to and from Shanghai by midday. China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines cancelled nine flights to and from Japan and South Korea. Flights connecting other Yangtze Delta cities were also halted.

China Southern Airlines canceled all its 64 flights to and from Shanghai after 6pm.

"The typhoon is expected to influence airports in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Ningbo and impact flights to and from east China's Shandong Province tomorrow," the Guangzhou-based airline said.

Juneyao Airlines suspended 14 flights and diverted five flights to land at the Hongqiao airport instead of the Pudong airport.

Hainan Airlines also cancelled four flights between Shanghai and Beijing. The airline said some flight delays were expected after the typhoon lands around midnight tomorrow.

Airport staff will help passengers change their flights. Hainan Airlines said its passengers can either wait in the airports or change to other flights themselves.


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