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Typhoon disrupts flights from Shanghai

MORE than 10 flights from Shanghai to Hong Kong and Macau were cancelled while over 50 were delayed at Pudong International Airport yesterday after Typhoon Vicente made landfall in south China's Guangdong Province.

"Only one flight to Hong Kong and Macau was able to take off while all the others suffered long-time delays," an official at Hongqiao International Airport said.

Usually, there are 14 flights a day for Hong Kong and Macau from Hongqiao. "We have been waiting at the Hongqiao airport for four hours, but no sign showed the flight would take off," one Shanghai woman said. She had booked a holiday to Hong Kong for her family.

The airport authority said flights were expected to gradually return to normal today and tomorrow.

Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines said all their flights from Shanghai to Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Zhuhai would be delayed due to the typhoon.

More than 200 flights were cancelled or delayed in south China yesterday.

China Southern Airlines flights also encountered delays at Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhanjiang airports. Shenzhen Airlines cancelled four flights from Shenzhen and Hong Kong while another 78 were delayed.


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