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Thousands stuck in Kunming airport as China freezes

Published on Jan 5, 2013 9:19 PM
This picture taken on Jan 4, 2013 shows stranded travellers arguing and crowding an airline counter at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, in south-western China's Yunnan province, after massive flight delays hit the airport and stranded thousands of travellers. The airport reported nearly 10,000 passengers at the airport at midnight on Jan 4, and operators said they were making all-out efforts to maintain order and arrange accommodation for them. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - Thousands of angry passengers were stranded after heavy fog delayed flights at a Chinese airport today, as the country was shivered through its coldest weather in almost three decades.

Ten thousand passengers were stuck in Changshui International Airport in the southern Chinese city of Kunming this morning after thick fog grounded more than 280 flights, state-run Xinhua news agency said.

Angry passengers stranded at the airport for more than a day struggled with airline staff, damaging computer equipment belonging to an airline, while police broke up scuffles, according to a photographer present at the scene late on Friday.

"The passengers were really furious, they kept going to the service desk to ask for information, but didn't get any answers," the photographer said.

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