BEIJING ( TheStreet) -- Thursday's 7:35 a.m. China Southern Airlines' (ZNH) commuter flight to Shanghai from Beijing didn't get off the ground until 9:40 a.m., according to the Beijing airport Web site.
No surprise there. Domestic air travelers in China have grown accustomed to hours-long delays and last-minute cancellations, especially since 2011 and particularly in the eastern one-third of the country where most people live.
Delays can affect air traffic nationwide for days at a time. The most recent string of snafus, which officials blamed on bad weather and military exercises, began June 20, and was expected to stretch until mid-August.
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