Asia-Pacific: Flights skyrocket


Asian governments have been warned they must set aside sovereignty concerns if they are to manage the region’s extraordinary increase in air traffic. Fang Liu, the head of the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization, told delegates at a conference in Singapore on November 20 that their countries’ “current and projected flight volumes are putting the entire regional network under stress.” The Asia-Pacific region accounts for 33% of global air traffic, with more than 100,000 flights a day.