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17% of local flights may be delayed this month

SOME 17 percent of flights landing or taking off at Shanghai's two airports are likely to be delayed this month, mostly by fog, and passengers are most likely to see flight delays on Wednesdays, a Chinese flight service provider estimated yesterday.

Shanghai's Pudong and Hongqiao international airports are susceptible to fog and haze in December, but the on-time rate was still slightly higher than other airports across the country, according to the provider, Veryzhun.

Yesterday, more than 98 flights had been canceled and another 189 delayed at the city's two airports by the afternoon because of severe fog that affected many Chinese cities.

About 20 percent of domestic flights are expected to be delayed by fog and another 3 percent delayed by snow this month.

"Every Wednesday will see the lowest punctuality rate because more business trips are arranged on the day and flight takeoffs and landings are the most intense," said a Veryzhun press officer.

The punctuality rate is expected to be only 73 percent on Wednesdays this month. Fridays are expected to also see severe flight delays with an on-time rate of 78 percent.

Passengers are advised to fly on Saturdays, when the on-time rate should be around 85 percent, the week's highest. Fewer flight delays also are expected on Tuesdays and Sundays, which have punctuality rates of 83 percent.

Flights are more likely to take off and land on time between 7am and 8am every day, with delays increasing after noon. Only about 69 percent of flights are likely to be on time after 11pm.

"Many night flights had to wait after the earlier delayed flights, so more flight delays occur at night," the officer said.


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