While we in the West have 'open skies', unbriddled airport and flight expansion according to the People's Daily in China they are taking a rather different approach. A total of 336 domestic flights to and from Beijing International Airport will be scrapped over the next two months. It's in response to a shortage of technicians and other professionals and limited capacity of domestic airports. It will lower the number of peak hour flights from more than 60 to 58 per hour and in a second phase of cuts, from November to March they will be cut to 55 per hour.
The Chinese are also banning any new airlines from starting up until 2010.