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Wednesday, 31st December 2008
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Flights disrupted following heavy snow

Around 60 flights to and from airports in Hokkaido have been cancelled today (December 31st) as a result of heavy snowfall, it has been reported.

The affected flights include those scheduled to take-off from New Chitose Airport, reports Japan Today.

A further 40 connecting flights to other areas have also been cancelled as some airlines have been unable to secure aircraft.

Some 10,000 people, many of whom were travelling home for New Year celebrations, have been affected by the flight cancellations.

The closure of both runways at Chitose Airport near Sapporo disrupted the flight schedule while snow was cleared, officials at the airport have said.

As of 16:00 local time, around 24 centimetres of snow had covered the runways.

One All Nippon Airways flight to Tokyo was delayed for more than three hours as a result.

The disruption comes soon after chaos on Japan's bullet trains following a computer glitch.

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