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New aviation pact win-win for Taiwan, Hong Kong: official

Hong Kong, Dec. 30 (CNA) A landmark civil aviation agreement between Taiwan and Hong Kong is a "win-win" situation for the two sides, Taiwan's representative to Hong Kong said Friday. It also was the first time that official representatives of the two sides had inked an aviation pact. Previous agreements reached in 1996 and 2002 were signed by industry representatives for political reasons. "Signing (the pact) is basically a win-win result and benefits both sides. Having a private institution and a company sign (such deals) in the past was unusual. This new signing model reflects the norm," said James Chu, the director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong under the Mainland Affairs Council. The agreement, which was signed by Chu and John Leung, the director of the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei, took effect immediately and will benefit not only airlines from both sides but also passengers by lowering airfares, Chu said. Under the pact, new airlines will also be allowed to apply to serve the route and some have already expressed an interest, he added. The agreement is expected to increase flights between the two regions, which suggests that direct Taiwan-China flights not only did not hurt Taiwan and Hong Kong but may have actually resulted in higher demand, Chu said. (By Stanley Cheung and Kendra Lin)

Updated : 2022-05-27 12:25 GMT+08:00