Delays, related brawls plague Chinese airports

09/17/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Between May and August, there were 26 scuffles at airports in China -- perhaps a correlation to the rampant delays. From July to August, on-time departures improved from 17.8% to 28.8%, but most flights still are delayed and the skies gridlocked. FlightStats says Beijing is the worst out of 35 airports for running late, and Shanghai's hub isn't far behind. "It is like building a bigger parking lot. It didn't expand the airspace, so things only got worse," said Xu Hongjun, a professor at the Civil Aviation University of China, adding that President Xi Jinping will have to put civil aviation first over military aviation activities to fix the problems.

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