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Weather disrupts Xmas travel

IT never rains but it pours.

The saying was verified yesterday as some flights between Shanghai and cities in the United States were canceled, while air travel to European cities was also disrupted.

Yesterday saw rain storms hitting the east coast of America and tens of thousands of air travelers in the US had their flights canceled.

American Delta Airlines announced that they had to cancel about 500 flight services yesterday due to the bad weather in its home country.

The wintry weather is the result of a low-pressure system moving along the Gulf coast.

Shanghai's Pudong International Airport, the main terminal for international flights, saw the cancelation of four flights departing to America by 9pm yesterday.

Flights leaving from Beijing also suffered cancelation.

Flights to European countries fared no better as snowfall there continued to ground planes.

Some flights between Pudong and countries such as England, France and Germany were canceled yesterday.

Compared to the chaos of a few days ago when heavy snow caused cancellations and stranded passengers, European city airports were starting to experience relatively smoother operation yesterday.

Hundreds of travelers got their own special Christmas present, an actual plane flight yesterday after spending the night curled up on hard airport floors in Brussels and Paris.

Air traffic had returned to near normal at Paris' main airport, where hundreds had been stuck overnight and personnel handed out Christmas treats to stranded families.

Heavy snowfall and deicing fluid shortages meant hundreds of flights were canceled at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport on Friday.

But sunny skies and two shipments of deicing fluid from the United States helped Charles de Gaulle recover.

Flight screens showed only a few delays on Christmas Day in Paris.

Shanghai airport officials said that more than 100,000 foreigners left the city during the past week.


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