On-time performance in Chinese commercial aviation leapt 8.5 percentage points to 80.1% in 2018, the best result in eight years, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said.
The country completed nine commercial airports in 2018, including replacements for old facilities, CAAC said in an annual progress report issued Jan. 7. The national airport total rose to 235 from 229.
Chinese commercial aviation infrastructure also gained 305 aircraft stands and 1.33 million sq m (14.3 million sq. ft.) of terminal space in 2018.
The administration attributed the improvement in service reliability to a wide range of measures, including rational seasonal schedules and strict management of services for busy airports.
CAAC classifies a flight as on time if its arrival is within 15 min. of schedule.
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