After two days of misery, passenger services improved Wednesday at Hong Kong's new airport, but computer problems forced air cargo handlers to extend a shipping embargo.

Merchants complained that fresh flowers, fruits, vegetables and seafood all were arriving late and spoiled. Seafood wholesalers and retailers said they were facing the loss of half their profits.Hong Kong's media was sharply critical. Editorials questioned whether airport officials had rushed the opening of Chek Lap Kok airport and in the process damaged Hong Kong's reputation rather than giving the territory a much-needed morale boost.

The $20 billion airport, built on an artificial island, replaced Hong Kong's old and overcrowded Kai Tak airport. But since the new airport opened Monday, passengers have suffered delays in baggage handling and flight information.