Passengers wait at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, Dec. 4, 2016. Heavy fog here stranded over 10,000 passengers on Sunday. (Xinhua)
CHENGDU, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- About 20,000 passengers are still stranded at an airport in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, after the worst fog in years hit the southwestern city on Sunday.
Authorities at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport lifted the red alert for flight delays at 3:23 p.m. after issuing it at midnight, but the number of delayed flights are still increasing. As of 3:30 p.m., 58 flights had been canceled, according to the airport authority.
The runway was closed for nearly 10 hours and was accessible for limited operation at 11:43 a.m..
The fog is forecast to remain until Monday morning.
Another 32 flights were canceled Saturday, and 35 arrival flights were forced to land in other airports.
The airport said the heavy fog has disrupted the most flights and stranded the most passengers in years. Certain flights scheduled to fly on Monday might also be affected.