Loong Air defends storm flights
Zhejiang Loong Airlines defended its decision to fly in spite of typhoon Chan-Hom, which hit Shanghai and Zhejiang province last week.
Loong Airlines claims they took advantage of the window of time when the weather met the safety standard during heavy rain and wind to complete the takeoffs and landings on Saturday.
Loong Airlines said whether or not it is safe for an aircraft to take off or land depends on the wind speed and the rainwater on the runway. Based on their data, their airbuses were able to weather the bad weather when they took flight.
Over 600 flights were canceled that day in the cities of Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wenzhou and Taizhou. More than 7,300 coaches and all passenger ships also suspended service.
Loong Airlines, as one of the only five airlines which still operated flights, carried out 17 takeoffs and landings and only canceled eight flights.
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