This undated photo shows two Xiamen Airlines stewardesses kneel in prayer at a shrine dedicated to being "on time". [Photo: West Strait Morning Post]
China's civil aviation authority launched a new plan in mid-July to tackle the country's poor flight punctuality records for the first time. However, the measures has proved to be of little effectiveness during the trial of the policy over the past half-month, Yangcheng Evening News reports.
The latest statistics shows that the flow of air traffic accounts for as high as 40 percent of the total number of flight delays during the first half of this year. And whether the flight could take off in time or not, it depends on the fellowship with the air traffic controller.
Captain Wang Hai said that as long as one crew member on a flight personally knows the air traffic controller, the flight would be given priority to take off in time.
But some air traffic controllers explain that queue-jumping contributes to flights unpunctuality.
"International flights and those carrying important passengers, such as government officials, business tycoons and senior officials in civil aviation, do not have to wait in long queues to take off", an air traffic controller in south China's Guangzhou said.
The inefficient and lagging management system of the country's civil aviation is the main reason leading to the problem of flight punctuality, an insider points out.