Demand for Chinese domestic air travel is looking sickly. China Southern, reporting a surprisingly large 10% drop in passenger yield for the first half of 2013, complains that competition has become all the more fierce because of slowing demand, “rapidly increasing capacity of the airline industry” and expansion of the national high-speed rail network. One factor that China Southern does not mention is one that would occur to almost any passenger: the increasing unreliability of Chinese ...

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