Dozens of Europe-bound flights were cancelled from Sydney to Tokyo and New Delhi, costing airlines millions of dollars in lost revenues and mounting hotel bills as passengers braced for enforced stopovers of more than a week in Asia.
Cathay Pacific has cancelled 29 flights so far and said it would not be accepting new bookings to London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam for the next few days.
Chinese newspapers reported long lines at Beijing airport as passengers lined up to change their tickets, and airlines struggled to find enough hotel rooms for stranded customers.
The Economic Times reported all the bad news.
But it left off reporting the long term effects. It is almost certain now that we are in for a series of very cold snowy winters. That’s what happened with Krakatoa. They may adversely affect China’s future travel plans.