Heavy Snow Disrupts Flights in Asia

3 January 2010 (Last Updated January 3rd, 2010 18:30)

Hundreds of flights entering Beijing Airport had to be cancelled today as China's capital city was shut down due to its heaviest snowfall in nearly six decades. Hong Kong International Airport had to delay and cancel more than 30 flights into Beijing Airport, it was reported, while Beij

Hundreds of flights entering Beijing Airport had to be cancelled today as China's capital city was shut down due to its heaviest snowfall in nearly six decades.

Hong Kong International Airport had to delay and cancel more than 30 flights into Beijing Airport, it was reported, while Beijing itself cancelled 254 flights from 11am local time.

It is the second day of heavy snow for Beijing – yesterday 13,000 flights were withdrawn or delayed as a result of heavy snow in China.

Flights to Dalian and Tianjing regions have also been affected by the bad weather.

South Korea also reported problems with snow – Gimpo Airport, which operates flights to Shanghai and Tokyo, cancelled all of its services today and 31 flights were delayed at Incheon Airport.

Authorities have said they are not sure when operations at the region's airports will be able to resume normal services, with temperatures as low as -16°C predicted for the days ahead and more heavy snow likely to fall.

Reports said Beijing received 33cm of snow yesterday alone.