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Far Eastern Air Transport to start cross-strait services

Far Eastern Air Transport to start cross-strait services

Taipei, Oct. 18 (CNA) Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) said Tuesday that it will launch direct cross-Taiwan Strait flights at the end of October after resuming services in April following more than three years of suspension of its operations due to financial woes. The carrier said it will provide one flight per week from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Shijiazhuang in China's Hebei Province from Oct. 31, and will offer two weekly flights from Taipei's Songshan Airport to Taiyuan in Shanxi Province from Nov. 2. FAT said it is also planning to launch cross-strait flights to Chengdu in Sichuan Province, Nanning in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Hefei in Anhui Province, Sanya and Haikuo in Hainan Province, Gueiyang in Gueizhou Province and Lanzhou in Gansu Province. Since being allowed to resume services, the carrier has been approved by the aviation authorities to provide a total of 19 cross-strait flights using the six airplanes in its fleet that have been certified safe by the authorities. The carrier joined its local counterparts in discussions with the aviation authorities on the allocation of cross-strait flights in June, when the number of total flights between Taiwan and China were expanded to 558 from 370 per week. In addition to the cross-strait flights, FAT provides regular flights to Angkor in Cambodia, while offering charter flights to Cebu in the Philippines and Da Nang in Vietnam. The carrier also provides domestic flights to the outlying Taiwan-controlled islands of Kinmen and Penghu. FAT, founded in 1957, was ordered by the Civil Aeronautics Administration to suspend services in May 2008 due to the company's financial problems. In May 2009, a court ruled that it could restructure and resume operations as long as it could prove it had sufficient funds. Earlier this year, the aviation authorities completed an assessment of FAT's fleet and financial condition, following which it issued a greenlight for service resumption. (By Wang Shu-fen and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-20 12:22 GMT+08:00