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Smog strands Kiwis in Beijing in run-up to Christmas

December 24, 2015 Airport, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Beijing’s notorious smogs are particularly bad at the moment – as New Zealanders trying to get home for Christmas found out when their flight was delayed for many hours.

Growing industrialisation and China’s heavy reliance on coal are behind the smogs.  A woman waiting to leave Beijing aboard Air China flight 783 to Auckland contacted the New Zealand Herald to report that she was one of many people stranded by thick “acrid smog”.

Gemma Peacocke contacted the paper to say she had bought a ticket for the Air China 783 flight to Auckland and was still waiting to leave yesterday morning after a six-hour delay.

Peacocke said the plane waited on the runway for about four-and-a-half hours before passengers were offloaded “into the acrid smog that’s preventing us from taking off”.

The flight was delayed nine hours.

Smog has caused cancellations and delays at Beijing’s airports several times in the past few years and Beijing authorities issued their second-ever alert for dangerous air quality on Friday, the New York Times reported.

Written by Peter Needham

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