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Taiwan’s StarLux Airlines applies for 15 American flight routes

StarLux president expects American operations to begin in 2022

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Taiwan’s StarLux Airlines applies for 15 American flight routes

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A top executive at Taiwan's StarLux Airlines said on Sunday (Nov. 8) that the carrier has applied with the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) for the rights to fly to 15 American destinations.

StarLux President Glenn Chai (翟健華) confirmed the flight route applications, according to a CNA report. When the airline will begin to operate each route will depend on market conditions and the delivery of the aircraft StarLux has ordered. He expects to begin operating the U.S. routes in 2022.

The startup airline began operating at the beginning of this year just before the COVID-19 pandemic heavily impacted the airline industry. Even so, the fledgling airline has planned ahead for the post-pandemic market.

Chai confirmed that StarLux has applied to the CAA for routes to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, San Jose, Ontario, New York’s JFK and Newark airports, Washington D.C., Houston, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Boston, Honolulu, and Guam.

As the applications must be approved before the flights can begin, the airline decided to apply early. That way, once they are approved, preparations can commence immediately, Chai said.