On February 3, 2013, more than 100 flights were cancelled by the Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA). This is the world’s second most busiest airport by passenger volume and the cancellations will possibly lead to disruptions.
Around 115 flights that were scheduled to depart from or arrive at the airport on February 3, 2012 were stopped. Most of these flight were cancelled as of 7 pm, including 14 international flights. The information on the cancellations was provided by flight status information on BCIA’s website.
Many cancellations were made due to bad weather and other parts of China have been hit by the cold wave as well. More than 800 workers have been mobilized by the airport authorities to deal with the issue. The airport officials have also deployed about 230 automobiles to remove ice, as well as snow from planes, parking aprons and runways.
An official from BCIA, on the condition of anonymity, said that more than 1,500 planes would have flown down 114,000 passengers from the airport on Sunday. The north and northeast of China is expected to have light to moderate snowfall from Sunday to Tuesday, along with heavy rain in central and east China. The BCIA has experienced a growth in passenger volumes by 4.2 percent year-on-year as of 2012 and has reached 81.8 million people.