Over 2,000 Chinese tourists, including some from Fujian, were stranded in Katmandu, Nepal, due to a four-day airport closure caused by a crash-landed Turkish plane, Xinhuanet.com reported on March 10.
The airport was closed after a Turkish plane veered off the runway in course of landing on March 4 and was not re-opened until March 7.
The Chinese embassy in Nepal immediately initiated emergency responding measures after the incident, coordinating with China's three major airlines – China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Air China – to help trapped Chinese travelers return safely.
In addition, the airlines have decided to give a subsidy of 300 yuan ($48) per day to each tourist from the first day they were trapped due to the flight delay.
"It will take several days before all the tourists are sent back to their countries," said a stranded tourist from Fuzhou.
"The incident will make me pay more attention to local news when traveling abroad in the future," he said, adding that it is advisable to keep in touch with the airlines and the embassies and consulates in case an emergency happens.
By China Daily Fujian Bureau