China to close Beijing's airports during military parade

Aug 2, 2015 12:39 AM by Ross Field

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese authorities will close Beijing's two airports during a military parade next month to mark the end of World War II in Asia.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement Saturday that flights will be banned or diverted for three hours from 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 3. to enable the victory parade to pass off smoothly.

They affect Beijing Capital International Airport, the world's second-busiest by passenger traffic, and Nanyuan airport, a former military airfield.

The lavish military parade is to feature aerial displays and China's latest weaponry.

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