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Air traffic restrictions eased for 8 airports

Shanghai’s two airports are among the eight airports in the country that will be free of all air traffic restrictions for flight takeoffs before 10am in a test operation being tried out by the country’s civil aviation authority.

Air traffic restrictions, often due to military exercises or if the destination airports are simply too busy, are the major causes of flight delays in China.

“The new policy will be initially tested for takeoffs before 10am and may be extended in future,” an official with the Civil Aviation Administration of China said yesterday.

Takeoffs from Shanghai’s Pudong and Hongqiao before 10am will be free from the air traffic restrictions along with airports in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Kunming and Xi’an.

The eight airports are the busiest in China and frequently struggle with flight delays and cancellation.

“Airports cannot be totally free of restrictions but can give priorities to takeoff,” Lu Renli, a researcher with the Civil Aviation Management Institute of China, said earlier.

Aircraft coming in to land will still face delays, “stacking up” and circling the airport until they are given a landing slot that can ease the anger of passengers but poses greater pressures on the air traffic controllers, Lu said.

Another problem likely to crop up because of the new policy is that neighboring airports may see more frequent flight delays because the eight airports will get the priority over them, he added.



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