China penalises Shenzhen Airport for delays

Flight delays led to violent incidents at Shenzhen’s Baoan International Airport
Flight delays led to violent incidents at Shenzhen’s Baoan International Airport (photo by Sorbis)

China’s state aviation authority has announced that it will impose restrictions on Shenzhen Airport Group following a series of major flight delays.

In a statement, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said it would suspend any application from the airport operator for extra flights and new routes until 31 December 2015.

The aviation authority said Shenzhen Airport Group’s poor handling of flight delays had caused conflicts between airport staff and passengers several times in the past year. The CAAC also openly criticised Shenzhen Airlines and China United Airlines for violent incidents that occurred during their flight delays at Shenzhen’s Baoan International Airport in May.

The move to penalise Shenzhen Airport Group marks the latest evidence of a crackdown on airport and airlines in China, in the wake of a rise number of flight delays and passenger conflicts.

Earlier this month the CAAC ordered the temporary closure of Taizhou Airport, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, after a passenger was arrested for burning the seat on a Shenzhen Airlines flight. It also ordered safety checks on other small, medium-sized and new airports in eastern China.

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