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Asian airlines to open new routes to China in June
Publication Date : 11-05-2013
China Airlines, EVA Air, and TransAsia Airways yesterday announced that they will open nine new direct routes between Taiwan and China in June ahead of the summer tourist season.
With economic growth gradually picking up this year and the two-month summer vacation coming up, airlines said they believe that it is necessary to add new routes between Taiwan and China for the potentially greater number of travelers.
China Airlines said that it will open a direct route between Taoyuan and Urumgi, Xinjiang on June 25 and Taoyuan and Lijiang, Yunnan on June 26.
Another new direct route between Taoyuan and Weihai, Shandong is scheduled to be opened in July.
With the three routes added, China Airlines will offer direct links with a total number of 28 cities, with 118 flights plying the routes every week.
Meanwhile, EVA Air is planning to open a direct route between Taoyuan and Hohhot, Inner Mongolian on June 3; a route between Taoyuan and Hailiar, Inner Mongolian on June 4; and another between Taoyuan and Xining, Qinghai in early August.
EVA Air said that considering the growing demand for direct flights between China and the central and southern parts of Taiwan, a direct route between Taichung and Changsa, Hunan will be added in May 4, while another direct route between Kaohsiung and Jinan, Shangong will be opened in May 1.
According to EVA Air, after the five new routes are added, it will offer direct flights to 44 locations across the Taiwan Strait, with 113 flights traveling the routes weekly.
TransAsia Airway has also announced a plan to add new direct services between Taoyuan and Zhangjiajie, Hunan, starting in June.
This will increase the airline's number of direct flights traveling between Taiwan and China to 24.
Eight Chinese Cities Added to list of Direct Routes
Eight new cities have been added to the direct routes commuting between Taiwan and China, according to the civil aviation authority.
Zhangjiajie, which is an increasingly popular tourist destination, is included among the cities that will offer direct flights between Taiwan and China along with Urumgi, Lijiang, Weihai, Hohhot, Hailiar, Xining, and Yinchuan.
Chiayi Airport will become the 10th city in Taiwan to offer direct flights to China.