China's military says drills in south-east coastal regions affecting civil flights
Published on Jul 31, 2014 8:07 PM
BEIJING (AFP) - China's Defence Ministry on Thursday said that military drills in south-east coastal regions were having an impact on civil aviation amid recent reports of widespread flight delays.
"It's a reality that military exercises will affect flights, and that's the case in all countries," ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng told reporters at a regular briefing.
China is holding military exercises across several provinces from July to October, state media have previously reported.
China's military controls much of the country's airspace - some estimates say as little as 20 per cent is reserved for civil flights. Industry officials say that results in longer flight times, less efficient routes and unaccountable delays.
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