Chinese carriers had failed to pay bills totaling about CNY1.87 billion ($273.6 million) combined to 32 airports as of Dec. 31, according to the China Civil Airports Assn. Domestic carriers blamed "financial difficulties" for the defaults, which comprise mainly landing, parking and security fees. CCAA Secretary General Wang Jian said he was unsatisfied with that explanation, pointing out that airport charges account for no more than 12% of airlines' operating expenses and exert minimal ...

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