6,000 people spend night at airport as heavy snow hits Hokkaido

Around 6,000 people were forced to spend Friday night at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido after about 280 flights were canceled as the northern Japanese prefecture was hit by its heaviest December snowfall in 50 years, the airport operator said Saturday.

The number of people stranded overnight at the airport's passenger terminal building was the most since its opening in 1992, the operator Hokkaido Airport Terminal Co. said.

With the airport only having 4,000 blankets, the authorities had to borrow some from nearby Self-Defense Force bases, it added.

Source: Philippines News Agency