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China aims to maintain flights on-time rate over 80% in 2019

Updated: May 8,2019 9:45 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s civil aviation industry is working to maintain an on-time rate of more than 80 percent for civil flights during 2019, according to civil aviation authorities on May 7.

For the country’s major airports, authorities aim to reach an on-time performance rate of 85 percent, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

China’s on-time flight rate hit 80.13 percent last year, an 8.46 percent year-on-year increase and a record high since 2010.

In 2019, the CAAC will continue to facilitate airport’s on-time performance, paperless boarding and in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity.

By the end of 2018, China had a total of 235 certified transport airports, which served more than 90 percent of the country’s prefecture-level cities.

China is now the world’s second-largest civil aviation market. The country handled 610 million air passenger trips in 2018 and the figure is expected to reach 680 million this year.