China’s carriers may be forced to phase out up to nine percent of flights servicing Beijing as the capital city’s airport struggles to deal with increasing passenger and plane congestion, the South China Morning Post reported, citing an official source. “We are aiming at eliminating 100 flights per day from August or from September,” the source was quoted as saying.
Beijing Airport handles 1,100 flights daily on just two runways, making it the busiest airport in the country.
By comparison, Hong Kong International Airport handles 800 flights per day.
International and Hong Kong-based carriers will be exempt from the flight reduction order.