Taipei, May 2 (CNA) TransAsia Airways, a mid-sized Taiwan-based international carrier, announced Wednesday that customers are now able to purchase tickets for domestic flights at five local airports using EasyCards or co-branded EasyCards. TransAsia is the first carrier in the country to offer the service. The five airports are Taipei SongShan, Hualien, Kaohsiung International, Kinmen and Magong, the carrier said. It said the cooperation with EasyCard Corp. is aimed at providing a convenience that is close to people's lives, as the EasyCards have become an everyday part of life for the public.
The EasyCard is a smart card system operated by the Taipei Smart Card Corporation for payment on the Taipei metro, buses, and other public transport services in the city since June 2002. Its use has since been expanded to include convenience stores, supermarkets and other retailers.
To encourage more people to use the cards for ticket purchases, the carrier said a 10 percent discount will be offered on domestic tickets purchased with EasyCards or co-branded EasyCards from now until June 30. Those who use their cards for payment and depart before June 30 will also be entered into a lucky draw, it added. TransAsia Airways offers nearly 500 domestic flights per week and is the exclusive operator on the Taipei-Hualien, Taichung-Hualien and Magong-Kinmen routes. Its domestic occupancy rate in 2011 reached 74.8 percent. (By Wang Shu-fen and Jamie Wang)