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Government to study cross-strait flight prices

Government to study cross-strait flight prices

Taipei, May 27 (CNA) The government will study whether air fares for direct flights between Taiwan and China are too high, Vice Premier Sean Chen, who doubles as head of the Consumer Protection Commission, said Thursday.
Prices are determined by market forces, Chen said at a legislative session, but added that he will discuss the matter with the Civil Aeronautics Administration and the Fair Trade Commission.
He said the Consumer Protection Commission had convened a meeting with carriers in early April during which they reached a consensus to cut air fares by 10 percent.
Chen was responding to Kuomintang Legislator Hsu Shu-po, who said that following the recent addition of 100 new cross-strait flights and a decline in oil prices, airlines should cut ticket prices.
Instead, Hsu said, they had raised prices.
(By Yang Su-min and Y.L. Kao)