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Flights delayed at Shanghai airports

SOME flight delays hit Shanghai's two airports yesterday and may continue in the following days because of air traffic control issues in east China's coastal areas.

Dozens of flights from Shanghai to Dalian, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan were delayed for at least an hour starting at 10am yesterday.

Three flights departing for Qingdao City in eastern China's Shandong Province and Xiamen City in the southeastern Fujian Province were canceled, according to Shanghai's airport authority.

China Eastern Airlines and Dragonair issued statements yesterday to remind passengers that a wide range of flight delays may occur in coastal cities because of the air traffic control issues.

"China Eastern did not know exactly how long the traffic control will last but will update information on its official website every day," a staffer with the airline said yesterday.

China launched a five-day military maneuver on the East China Sea yesterday and many suspected the air traffic control issue was caused by the maneuver.

The country's military authority began limitations on boats entering an area near the Zhoushan archipelago for five days beginning yesterday.


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