Wall Street Journal – Storms routinely disrupt air travel, but how airlines cope and recover is the key to getting travelers to their destination. If problems are isolated, delays can be limited. But if airlines don’t have room in schedules to catch up and run short of crews and airplanes, widespread meltdowns can leave travelers sitting for hours.
PRI The World – n June Beijing Capital Airport had reportedly the worst departure record in the world. Just 18 percent of flights left on time.
As new airports open within China at a rapid pace, and more an more Chinese people fly domestically, Chinese airspace has become increasingly congested. Long delays and flight cancellations are not unusual; neither is a new problem plaguing the airports, that is, air rage.
South China Morning Post – n Management problems were blamed yesterday for 42 per cent of delays to commercial flights on the mainland as public discontent about unreliability mounts.
Air traffic control measures accounted for 26 per cent of delays, bad weather about 21 per cent and military restrictions 7 per cent, China News Service said, quoting official figures.
The Economist – FLIGHTSTATS, a flight tracking firm, has just released its latest study of flight delays at airports around the globe. Of the world’s busiest airports, the report (pdf) gave three Asian airports, three European airports and four North American airports top-ten scores for their punctuality. Tokyo’s Haneda International (HND) takes the top slot, with 95% of flights arriving on-time. The chart shows the best performing of the big international airports for June 2013.
Forbes – This Tuesday in the Delta Airlines Sky Lounge at JFK International in New York there was a guy from London who was two days off his Louisville bound travel schedule because Delta had canceled flights. A young woman in her twenties, standing in line with me to find out why my flight was now three hours late to Boston, said I shouldn’t feel bad: her flight was supposed to leave a day ago to Raleigh.