Taipei, Russian airlines S7 Airlines and Royal Flight will launch regular flights to Taiwan May 24 and 25, respectively, following a Taiwanese tourism campaign started last year to attract tourists from the country, the Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) announced Monday.
S7 Airlines will operate one roundtrip flight every Friday between Vladivostok and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport using A320 aircraft, while Royal Flight will fly every Saturday between Moscow and Taoyuan, a route it previously used for charter flights between 2016 and 2017 using Boeing 767300 jets.
The VladivostokTaoyuan flight takes roughly four hours, and the MoscowTaoyuan flight takes 10.5 hours, according to the CAA.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced last September that Russian nationals will be given visafree entry for visits of up to 14 days in Taiwan, with immediate effect through July 31, 2019 on a trial basis as part of government efforts to build closer links with other countries.
The move has been welcomed by local tourism operators, and many have invited their Russian counterparts to visit Taiwan to develop travel packages.
According to Tourism Bureau figures from last year, Russians make 30 million trips overseas per year, with only a few to the Far East, and among some 10,000 Russian nationals who travel to Taiwan each year, 30 percent travel for business.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel