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Flights grounded at Beijing airport during parade

The Beijing capital airport will shut down for three hours starting from 9:30 am on Oct 1 for the National Day parade, affecting some 180 flights and thousands of passengers.

The capital airport is the busiest airport in the country, with at least 1,000 flights taking off or landing per day, or at least one flight every minute.

A spokesman for the Beijing Capital International Airport said yesterday that it will close its three runways starting from 9 am, and restart runway lights and navigations systems at noon.

An Air China spokeswoman said that all its domestic flights to and from Beijing during the three hours have been cancelled, but all its international flights will be rescheduled to other times in the day.

"We will rearrange planes to guarantee enough transport capacity and reduce troubles for passengers as much as we can," she said.

She declined to disclose how many Air China flights will be affected.

Air China is based at the capital airport, accounting for nearly 80 percent of the operations in the airport's largest terminal building.

China Southern, another major airline based in Guangzhou, said at least 40 of their flights will be affected.

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 Source : Xinhua  Editor: Ivy
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