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Rush for rail tickets as skies locked out

IT was another chaotic day yesterday at the city's two airports after 57 more flights were canceled and over 100 delayed because of heavy rainfall and thunderstorm in north and southeast China.

On Monday, some 60 flights were canceled between Shanghai and Beijing.

A total of 38 flights were cancelled and 53 delayed at the Hongqiao International Airport mainly to Beijing, Tianjin and other northern Chinese cities.

The Pudong International Airport was also affected by massive delays and cancellation as the southeast Chinese cities of Guangzhou and Fuzhou also encountered turbulent weather.

The Beijing-Shanghai route, one of the busiest in the country, has been the worst hit since Friday when thunderstorms and bad weather battered the capital.

China Eastern Airlines had to cancel about 13 flights from Shanghai to Beijing while other were delayed for at least two hours, the airlines said.

The airlines asked passengers to reroute their flight ticket, or take the bullet trains to Beijing.

But the Shanghai-Beijing High Speed Railway tickets were sold out early in the morning as too many stranded flight passengers rushed to the Hongqiao Railway Station to buy the tickets.

Long queues were seen at the ticket counters at the railway station yesterday evening, with many Beijing-bound passengers left disappointed.

Tickets to the high-speed train has not been easy to get for a month now due to the troublesome weather. Some 20,000 passengers take the train to Beijing from Shanghai every day.


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