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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

Cross strait flights commence


China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits and the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation signed the Minutes of Talks on Cross Strait Charter Flights recently.
Under the agreement, the Civil Aviation Administration of China approved on June 24 the first charter flight plans of six Chinese airlines and five Taiwanese airlines. These are: Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Xiamen Airlines and Shanghai Airlines from the mainland, and China Airlines, Mandarin Airlines, EVA Air, UNI Air and Trans Asia Airways from Taiwan. The first weekend charter flight was inaugurated on July 4 and there were 18 charter flights between China and Taiwan. The Chinese airlines will fly from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen and Nanjing to Taipei Taoyuan and Songshan airports and back. Taiwanese airlines will fly from Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Hualien and Penghu to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Xiamen and back. The plane for the first month of charter flights of cross-strait airlines has a total of 144 roundtrip flights. There will be 27 flights to and from Beijing, 70 flights to and from Shanghai, 31 flights to and from Guangzhou, 12 flights to and from Xiamen, and four flights for the newly opened Nanjing flight destination. On the other hand, there will be 56 flights to and from Taipei Taoyuan Airport, 77 flights to and from Taipei Songshan Airport, and not more than 5 flights for each airport including Taichung, Kaohsiung, Hualien and Penghu airports. The schedule of the first month of charter flights will be on 67 roundtrip flights on Fridays and 40 flights on Sundays. There will be 19 charter flights and 18 charter flights on Sundays and Mondays, respectively.

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