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Nearly half of China flight delays blamed on management

SouthChinaMorningPostSouth China Morning Post – n Management problems were blamed yesterday for 42 per cent of delays to commercial flights on the mainland as public discontent about unreliability mounts.

Air traffic control measures accounted for 26 per cent of delays, bad weather about 21 per cent and military restrictions 7 per cent, China News Service said, quoting official figures.

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Time to fly

The EconomistThe Economist – FLIGHTSTATS, a flight tracking firm, has just released its latest study of flight delays at airports around the globe. Of the world’s busiest airports, the report (pdf) gave three Asian airports, three European airports and four North American airports top-ten scores for their punctuality. Tokyo’s Haneda International (HND) takes the top slot, with 95% of flights arriving on-time. The chart shows the best performing of the big international airports for June 2013.

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And You Thought U.S. Airports Were Bad

ForbesForbes – This Tuesday in the Delta Airlines Sky Lounge at JFK International in New York there was a guy from London who was two days off his Louisville bound travel schedule because Delta had canceled flights. A young woman in her twenties, standing in line with me to find out why my flight was now three hours late to Boston, said I shouldn’t feel bad: her flight was supposed to leave a day ago to Raleigh.

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Cause sought for Southwest crash at LaGuardia

USA TodayUSA Today – Federal investigators decided Tuesday to pursue a full investigation of the Southwest Airlines jet that had its nose gear collapse while landing at New York’s LaGuardia airport because of the amount of damage to the plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board is searching for reasons why the front gear of the Boeing 737-700 didn’t support the nose of the jet as it landed Monday on a flight from Nashville.

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Flight cancellations near 600 as storms fire in East

USA TodayUSA Today – Nearly 600 flights have been canceled and thousands more delayed as storms brought headaches to tens of thousands of fliers.

The hardest-hit airports were in the Northeast, but the effects threatened to ripple out to other parts of the nation as scale of the flight disruptions grew.

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