Loong Air de­fends storm flights

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

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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