China flight delays show military grip on airspace

Associated Press
China flight delays show military grip on airspace

In this Thursday Aug. 1, 2013 photo, passengers look out of the window while airliners line up near a runway at Terminal 3 of Beijing International Airport in Beijing, China. China’s fast growing air travel market is the world’s second biggest. But when it comes to flight delays, it’s No. 1. According to official figures, 75 percent of China’s flights left on time last year. But private surveys paint a different picture. A recent report by travel industry monitor FlighStat Inc. found that just 18 percent of flights at Beijing’s airport left on time in June, the lowest proportion among 35 airports worldwide, with Shanghai second at 29 percent. Eight of the 10 worst performing airlines were mainland Chinese carriers. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

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