Expect Significant Disruptions at Airports in Eastern China Through August 15

If you have any air travel planned in eastern China over the next few weeks, be aware that hundreds of flights have already been delayed or canceled at a minimum of three airports in eastern China — and expect more disruptions to occur through August 15, 2014 at nine additional airports.

Officials and airlines have given few details pertaining to the reasons for the disruptions; but the civil aviation authority in China has requested airlines to reduce flights by up to 25 percent at twelve airports in eastern China — including Shanghai Hongqiao, Shanghai Pudong, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Hefei, Jinan, Wuxi, Ningbo, Qingdao, Lianyungang, Zhengzhou and Wuhan — which “will be affected by high-frequency exercises conducted by another party” through August 15, according to a report posted at the official Internet web site of CNN.

Could the “high-frequency exercises conducted by another party” be “code terminology” for military exercises?

Passengers were strongly advised to bring water and snacks in preparation for the disruptions.

I have flights to and from Shanghai Pudong International Airport booked on China Eastern Airlines in October ; so I should not be affected by the disruptions. However, if you have any travel planned in eastern China between now and August 15, be sure to keep yourself updated. Contact the airline on which your flights are booked for the latest information — and be prepared to have alternative plans should you be affected by the disruptions.

Photograph copyright by Arcturus and used with permission as posted on Wikipedia.

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