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Taiwan, China begin lunar New Year holiday flights

Taiwan, China begin lunar New Year holiday flights

A Taiwanese plane departed for China on Tuesday to kick off special chartered flights between the rivals for the lunar New Year holiday.
A Mandarin Airline Boeing 747-400 jet left for the three hour flight to Shanghai, taking 230 Taiwanese to spend the biggest holiday of the year on the mainland.
The Chinese New Year falls on Sunday. During the holiday period, 12 Taiwanese and Chinese airlines will fly a total 192 flights until Feb. 26, mainly to take Taiwanese from the mainland home for the holiday.
The first Chinese flight will take off on Wednesday, with an Air China plane flying from Beijing to Taipei, officials say.
Taiwan has banned direct flights to China since the sides split amid civil war in 1949. But despite lingering hostilities, Taiwanese investment in China has increased and an estimated 1 million Taiwanese now live on the Chinese mainland.
Taiwan began special holiday flights to the mainland as early as 2003 but the planes were required to make a stop in Hong Kong. Non-stop chartered flights began in 2005.
The rivals struck another deal recently to fly non-stop chartered flights during the New Year and three other major festivals of the year.


Updated : 2021-09-21 10:18 GMT+08:00