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Flying in China

by David De La Torre

In Crowded skies, frustrated passengers, The Economist reports on problems in China’s skies.

Bad weather and technical hitches can cause flight delays anywhere, but two man-made conditions are chiefly responsible for China’s problems. Experts agree they must be put right if China’s aviation industry is to continue growing, but they are so deep-rooted, and so political, that they will not be fixed without the intervention of officials at the highest level.

The first and oldest problem is that China’s armed forces control most of the nation’s airspace — perhaps 70–80% of it. [more]