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China's flight punctuality rate exceeds 76 percent

By Feng Qiyu (The Economic Daily)

17:09, December 28, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

China's flight punctuality rate reached nearly 77 percent in the first 11 months of 2011, up 1.9 percentage points from a year earlier, according to the information from a national conference on civil aviation and aviation safety on Dec. 26.

The country's air transportation volume and air passenger volume are expected to reach 57.4 billion ton-kilometers and 290 million in 2011, up nearly 7 percent and 8 percent, respectively, from a year earlier.

For domestic flights, the two indicators rose nearly 10 percent and over 9 percent in the first 11 months from last year. Twenty-one airports in the country have each handled more than 10 million passengers this year.

General aviation has also witnessed rapid development, with the annual general aviation flight hours expected to reach 455,000 hours, up over 16 percent from last year.

In 2011, the flight hours for production operation increased nearly 17 percent, and increased 114 general aviation aircraft, or 11 percent, compared to last year.

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