New air route approved to ease Shanghai-Hong Kong flight congestion - report

Beijing (XFN-ASIA) - Chronic flight delays between Shanghai

and Hong Kong are likely to be eased next year when China gives its nod in October

to an additional air route between the two cities, the South China Morning Post

reported, citing the head of China's Air Traffic Management Bureau, Su Lange.

"It is great news for Hong Kong to have this new air route. We have been working on the details and hopefully will finalize it in October. The route is so congested that we have spent a long time liaising with different air traffic control regions to create a new route," Su said.

The new route, slated to open in the first quarter of next year, would almost double the capacity of the busiest route between the two cities now served by four airlines, the Hong Kong newspaper added.

He said the new air route would be parallel to existing air route 470, located 100 miles east of Hong Kong.

Air route 470 is the main corridor for flights from Hong Kong to Shantou, Nanjing and Shanghai. It also serves as a path for flights coming from Southeast Asia to mainland China via Hong Kong.

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