Heavy smog disrupts air traffic in north China

Updated 2016-12-21 08:50:30 Xinhua
Photo taken on Dec. 19, 2016 shows the street view of Caoxian County shrouded in smog, east China's Shandong Province. Severe smog continued to shroud northern China and even worsened late Monday, disrupting life in dozens of cities.

Photo taken on Dec. 19, 2016 shows the street view of Caoxian County shrouded in smog, east China's Shandong Province. Severe smog continued to shroud northern China and even worsened late Monday, disrupting life in dozens of cities.

Worsening fog and haze in northern China have paralyzed airports in cities including Beijing, Tianjin and Shijiazhuang, the capital of the worst-hit province of Hebei.

Beijing Nanyuan Airport announced it would cancel all arrivals and departures on Tuesday. Beijing Capital International Airport had canceled 273 flights as of 2 p.m.

A total of 75 flights had been canceled and another 44 delayed at Shijiazhuang airport as of 2:30 p.m. due to low visibility and fog.

Weather conditions at Tianjin airport have not been fit for take-offs and landings since Monday night. As of 11 a.m., 190 flights were canceled and 71 flights delayed.

Airports in the cities of Jinan and Qingdao in eastern Shandong Province were also affected by the smog.

More flight cancellations and delays are expected as smog in the region is forecast to continue and worsen until Wednesday night, when the air quality should improve.

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