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Taiwan objects to China's newly planned flight routes

Taipei, Jan. 13 (CNA) Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) on Tuesday expressed strong opposition to four new flight routes China intends to implement from March 5, saying that the unilateral decision may threaten flight safety in Taiwan. The new north-south route M503 -- west of the center line of the Taiwan Strait -- and three east-west routes W121, W122 and W123 that connect with it are not acceptable, the CAA said. Route M503 is too close to the Taipei Flight Information Region, a key air transport hub in the West Pacific, while routes W121, W122 and W123 could affect flights between Taiwan and the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu, the agency said. China announced plans for the new routes on Monday. (By Wang Shu-fen and Lee Hsin-Yin)

Updated : 2021-09-27 10:18 GMT+08:00