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China Airlines to sell tickets with no free checked bag allowance

China Airlines to sell tickets with no free checked bag allowance

China Airlines (CAL), one of Taiwan's leading carriers, said Tuesday that it will begin selling tickets on its Taoyuan-Tokyo route with no free checked luggage allowance.

The new type of tickets, sales of which will begin through its website from 10 a.m. Wednesday, will first be available for flights between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Tokyo Narita International Airport that depart July 9 and after, the carrier said.

The carrier said it believes the tickets will be attractive to travelers seeking to save some money but who also want to enjoy free in-flight meals and entertainment.

Passengers who book such tickets can still purchase baggage allowance online for US$30 per 20 kilograms, but will not be able to do so at the airport, the carrier said.

A limited promotional economy-class fare of NT$5,100 (US$155.99) excluding tax will be available when ticket sales begin, according to the carrier.

In comparison, a return ticket in economy class on the same route found on the carrier's website, for a week-long trip from July 9 costs NT$13,769, which includes a combined tax and fee of NT$1,277.

According to the schedule shown on Taoyuan airport's website, CAL is competing with 10 other carriers on the Taoyuan-Narita route, including four budget carriers -- Tigerair Taiwan, Jetstar Japan, Scoot and Vanilla Air.

The 11 carriers operate up to 20 round-trip flights between Taoyuan and Narita per day, including three by CAL and eight by the budget carriers, which also charge extra fees for baggage allowance, as well as for meals, seat selection and in-flight entertainment.

Updated : 2021-07-26 12:03 GMT+08:00