Taipei-Taiwanese and Chinese airlines have confirmed plans to operate extra cross-Taiwan Strait flights for the Lunar New Year holiday to handle higher expected demand, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Tuesday in a statement.
As with past practice, no limit was put on the total number of additional flights during the holiday period this year between Jan. 11 and Feb. 8, 2020.
But limits on additional flights were applied to four destinations -- Shanghai's Pudong Airport (147 flights), Guangzhou (nine), Shenzhen (23), and Hangzhou (17) -- because of the large number of flights already scheduled to those cities.
No limit was put on additional flights to Beijing because no airlines made a request for additional service to China's capital, according to the CAA.
Also, city airports Taipei Songshan Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao Airport will not accept additional flights between Taiwan and China during the period, the CAA said.
With consultations on requests for extra flights completed, the civil aviation authorities on the two sides plan to approve the received requests before Dec. 31 to give travelers time to make travel plans, the agency said.
Meanwhile, negotiations have also been held with Chinese authorities to arrange extra flights for Taiwanese nationals based in China to return home for Taiwan's Jan. 11 presidential and legislative elections.
Ten additional flights will be arranged Jan. 9 and Jan. 10, the CAA said, noting that Taiwanese airlines have applied to operate two to Pudong Airport and one to Shenzhen, while Chinese airlines will operate seven -- four Xiamen-Taiwan flights and three Pudong-Taiwan flights.
The applications will soon be approved to meet Taiwanese passenger demand around the election period, CAA said.
At present, there are current between 550 and 600 direct flights a week between Taiwan and China.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel