Taiwan announces plans to increase number of cross-strait flights

Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) Taiwan announced Monday an increase to the number of direct passenger flights to and from China by 54 each week starting in August, bringing the total cross-straight flights to 670 weekly. Among the additions are up to 12 weekly flights between Shanghai's Pudong International Airport and southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung International Airport, starting this month, said Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), a semi-official organization tasked with cross-strait exchanges. Up to 28 new flights between Pudong Airport and Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport are set for December. The added flights are the result of negotiations this month between the Taipei Airlines Association and China's Cross-Straits Aviation Transport Exchange Council. The two sides also agreed to increase the number of direct cargo flights from 56 per week to 68 and to open three new freight destinations in China -- Tianjin, Zhengzhou and Ningbo, with up to two weekly flights per city from each side. Taiwan and China will each be responsible for half of the new passenger flights, including seven added flights launching from Taipei's Songshan Airport, the local Civil Aeronautics Administration said. The SEF and its Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, finalized the agreement and completed the exchange of instruments on Monday. (By Lin Shen-hsu and Y.L. Kao)

Updated : 2021-04-12 03:26 GMT+08:00