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China's military says drills in south-east coastal regions affecting civil flights

Published on Jul 31, 2014 8:07 PM
 
Passengers queue up to check in at Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province on July 29, 2014. China's Defence Ministry on Thursday, July 31 said that military drills in south-east coastal regions were having an impact on civil aviation amid recent reports of widespread flight delays. -- PHOTO: AFP 

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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