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Why Was There A Ground Stop At PEK Today?

Sat Aug 02, 2008 6:16 pm

I flew CX317 PEK-HKG today, 2 August. We were delayed at our gate for 2 hours due to "airspace restriction" by Beijing ATC. I wasn't sitting near a window so didn't see if other planes were taking off/landing.

So my question is, did PEK have a airport-wise ground stop today this morning, or was that just affecting PEK-HKG routing?

I know during the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, the Chinese government said that PEK airport would be shut down, but it's still almost a week away.

How often does this restriction happen; is it because of flow control or something? I had never come across this happening before. Also, the weather seemed good today too.
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RE: Why Was There A Ground Stop At PEK Today?

Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:51 am

Don't know about your particular event. However the most common ground stop at PEK is due to low visibility, which is due to pollution. No joke.
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