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Air lanes cleared for Expo

TO keep air traffic humming, the aviation authorities will not enact extreme air control measures such as prohibitions on navigation during the World Expo.

The efforts aim to "keep air traffic smooth and reduce flight delays," said Zhang Ruiqing, an official with China Air Traffic Management Bureau, which released a traffic organization draft plan yesterday.

With air traffic at the city's two international airports likely to be busy during the 184-day Expo, congestion might have been the last thing the airport wanted to see.

Authorities said more than 80 percent of city's current 1,200-plus daily flights should arrive and leave on schedule.

Traffic authorities said challenges lie ahead, because as many as 25 percent of the 70 million visitors, or 15 million, will arrive by plane.

During the Expo period, more than 2,000 aircraft will take off or land daily at the two airports, Hongqiao and Pudong International.

About 90 percent of the Expo's exhibition items are also expected to arrive via planes.

During the event, 43 flights will take off or land per hour during peak times at Hongqiao airport, a 30-percent rise compared to current operation.

For the Pudong airport, it will be 65 flights, a 20-percent increase.


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