News Summary: China flight delays

China air travelers stuck with world's worst delays reflects military stranglehold on airspace

Associated Press

CHART TOPPER: China's fast-growing air travel market is the world's second-biggest. But when it comes to flight delays, it's No. 1.

CLEARANCE, CLARENCE: Official figures show 75 percent of China's flights left on time last year. But private surveys paint a different picture. A recent report by FlightStats Inc. found that just 18 percent of flights at Beijing's airport left on time in June, the worst among 35 airports worldwide. Eight of the 10 worst-performing airlines were mainland Chinese carriers.

TOP GUN: China's powerful military holds tight control of airspace, which analysts say leaves as little as 20 percent of the country's airspace for civilian traffic.

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