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Domestic carriers draw lots for flight times at Pudong

THE civil aviation regulator yesterday held a lucky draw for domestic airlines to allocate flight time slots for Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport.

A total of 38 carriers took part in the draw to decide the seven pairs of takeoff and landing time at the airport from Sunday until January 30, 2019.

Six carriers, including China Eastern, Shanghai Airlines and Spring Airlines, won the rights. Each airline will have to pay about 340,000 yuan (US$51,680) to the Civil Aviation Administration of China for the three-year flight time slot.

A similar scheme was also launched at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.

All the takeoff and landing time for airlines at other airports are allocated by the CAAC that have led to accusations about monopoly against the major airlines as well as corruptions among officials.

Recently, Zhou Laizhen, deputy director of the CAAC, was sacked for “severe violations,” while Liu Dehua, assistant director of the Air Traffic Management Bureau, was also under investigation.

The new scheme also allows airlines to trade, transfer, lease or sell the time slot to other domestic airlines. It will make the flight time allocation fairer and more efficient, CAAC said.

Both state-owned and private carriers can take part in the draw as long as they have the certificate and are not involved in flying accident within two years. Flight takeoff and landing time are a major source of revenue for airlines as popular flight time means higher load factor and ticket prices.


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