Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Taiwan to use MAC to talk on China flight controversy

Taiwan to use MAC to talk on China flight controversy

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Friday that it will use the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top China planner, for consultations with Beijing over China's planned opening of four flight routes just west of the median line of the Taiwan Strait. The ministry reiterated Taiwan's opinion that the new flight routes, which China intends to implement from March 5, will create flight risks under abnormal situations such as bad weather conditions. Legislative caucuses across the party spectrum also issued a joint statement Friday to ask the Executive Yuan to demand that China consult with Taiwan on the new flight routes, in order to maintain and ensure flight safety.
Foreign Affairs Minister David Lin (???) said a day earlier that Taiwan has taken its objection to China's plan to open new flight routes to the International Civil Aviation Organization.
China announced the new north-south route M503 -- and three east-west routes -- W121, W122 and W123 -- that connect with it Tuesday. However, the Taiwanese side thinks M503 is too close to the Taipei Flight Information Region, a key air transportation hub in the West Pacific, while routes W121, W122 and W123 could affect flights between Taiwan and its outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu According to the CAA, the shortest distance between Route M503 and the center line of the Taiwan Strait is just 7.8 kilometers. (By Wang Shu-fen and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-22 01:38 GMT+08:00