Taiwan east coast town of Hualien to attract direct flights from Cambodia

South Korea's Inchon and Ulsan will also establish air links with Hualien

Hualien Airport (photo by SElefant).

Hualien Airport (photo by SElefant). (Wikimedia Commons photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Amid falling numbers of visitors from China and the government’s New Southbound Policy, Hualien will see new flights opening to two destinations in Cambodia next month, reports said Thursday (September 19).

China banned individual travelers from visiting Taiwan beginning on August 1, thus the island has been conducting a policy of attracting tourists from South and Southeast Asia to counteract this.

One of the most scenic areas in Taiwan, Hualien will see not only new air links with South Korea next month but also with two destinations in Cambodia: the capital of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap near the ruins of Angkor, the Liberty Times reported.

Charters organized by Sky Angkor Airlines on October 26 and November 8 will bring an estimated 300 Cambodians to the counties of Hualien and Taitung.

The Southeast Asian tourists would also take part in organized trips to Taipei, while the Taiwanese in Angkor would visit its ancient temples and have the opportunity to play golf.

From October 17, three direct Eastar Jet flights a week will link Hualien to Inchon airport near the South Korean capital Seoul while on the same day, charter flights operated by Air Busan will open a connection with the city of Ulsan, the Liberty Times reported.