Date
16 January 2017
Stranded tourists sleep on the floor at the Jeju airport; some tourists (in circle) threw chairs to protest the delays and inadequate provisions. Photos: Yonhap, Baidu
Stranded tourists sleep on the floor at the Jeju airport; some tourists (in circle) threw chairs to protest the delays and inadequate provisions. Photos: Yonhap, Baidu

HK, Chinese tourists stranded as blizzards hit Korean resort

Thousands of tourists, including many from Hong Kong and mainland China, were stranded on the South Korean resort of Jeju since Saturday amid blizzards and the biggest snowfall to hit the island in three decades.

With temperatures dropping to -6.1 degrees Celsius, the Jeju International Airport was forced to close, affecting about 1,000 flights and leaving about 90,000 people stranded, Metro Hong Kong reported.

Among those stranded were 87 Hong Kong tourists who were traveling with two tour groups.

Some of the mainland Chinese tourists confronted airline staff and threw chairs at a luggage conveyor belt, complaining of poor arrangements and inadequate provisions at the airport, the newspaper said.

Many airline passengers had to spend two nights at the airport, but airport personnel gave them only 800 blankets.

When the airport reopened on Monday afternoon, those who could not be accommodated to the first flight to Harbin confronted airline counter staff about the delays.

Airport police had to be called to maintain order after some of the passengers threw chairs to protest the delays.

Airport officials said it would take two or three more days before all of the stranded passengers could be sent home.

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