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Shanghai braces for more flight delays due to military drills

Published on Jul 29, 2014 1:35 PM

SHANGHAI (AFP) - Eastern China was bracing for more flight delays on Tuesday, with reports saying Shanghai's main airports would be down to 25 per cent capacity after aviation authorities warned of busy airspace.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) last week confirmed military exercises are behind widespread flight delays and cancellations in the latter part of July.

CAAC's air traffic management bureau said east China will face "varying degrees" of flight delays from 2pm to 6pm, according to a posting on a website it operates.

Reports in state media, which quoted CAAC, said Shanghai's two main airports - Hongqiao and Pudong - would slash air traffic capacity by 75 per cent during the four-hour period, along with Zhengzhou in central China.

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