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Few buy into flight survey rate

Analysts yesterday questioned a survey that claimed the punctuality rate at Shanghai’s two airports surged by over 30 percent two weeks after the air traffic restrictions were lifted.

According to the civil aviation service provider Veryzhun, the punctuality rates at the Pudong International Airport increased by about 36 percent while the Hongqiao reported a jump of around 30 between July 18 and 30, compared to that of July 1 to 17.

The two airports are among eight in the country that are free from air traffic restrictions for take-offs before 10am since July 18.

“Most aircraft can take off on time, but the waiting has just moved from the ground to the sky that has only increased the consumption of fuel and carbon emissions,” said Zhou Jisheng, a senior civil aviation analyst.

Aircraft coming in to land will still face delays, “stacking up” and circle the airport until they are given a landing slot. “So, the regulation has only treated the symptoms rather than address the real causes of the problem,” he added.

There are other problems too. Two Beijing passengers were detained for 10 days on Tuesday for damaging boarding gates after a five-hour flight delay at the Beijing Airport.

In Shanghai, a local Juneyao airlines crew claimed that a flight attendant was slapped by a passenger in the cabin during a flight delay.



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