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“If the [Chinese] air force transferred just 10 percent of the airspace under its control to civil airlines, an extra [$32.6 billion] will be generated in GDP,” Li Xiaojin, a professor at the Civil Aviation University of China, was quoted as saying by China Daily.

“We are working hard and the military is also trying to improve the management of airspace. But it could take some time to achieve some improvement,” Shi Boli, chief of air regulation at the official Civic Aviation Administration of China, told Bloomberg news service in May.

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