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Weather delays may hit flights on holiday

PLANS are being made to handle flight delays caused by anticipated bad weather and the rush of passengers for Spring Festival at Shanghai's two airports as of January 26, China Eastern Airlines officials said yesterday.

Domestic carriers are expected to carry a total of 35.5 million passengers across China, a 5.2 percent increase from last year, during this year's 40-day holiday travel season, the airline said.

Shanghai's Pudong and Hongqiao international airports are likely to be hit by snowy weather three times during the festival rush, according to weather forecasters with the airline.

The airline will inform passengers of flight delays or cancellations via mobile phone, broadcasts, Internet and microblog whenever the delay is over four hours during the holiday.

The airline will declare an emergency when over 20 flights have been delayed and send wide-body aircraft to handle stranded passengers. The Shanghai-based airline promised to provide meals, accommodation and transfers to stranded passengers or compensate them for severe flight delays.


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