V Air, a subsidiary of Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways, began its last round-trip service Friday evening ahead of its closure the following day.
Flight ZV09 to Chiang Mai in Thailand took off at 6 p.m., with the return leg scheduled to depart for Taiwan at 2:15 a.m. Saturday, concluding the airline's operation of nearly two years.
Some passengers said they felt sorry for the short-lived airline, while others said they were unaware that the budget airline was closing.
V Air is one of the two local low-cost carriers, along with Tigerair Taiwan, which is also struggling financially.
Tigerair Taiwan, a joint venture with Tigerair Singapore and Taiwan's China Airlines, announced in July that it had shelved a plan to launch flights to Sapporo in Japan. The carrier had previously planned to launch the service Sept. 13.
CAL Chairman Ho Nuan-hsuan (???) confirmed that the parent company has set up a task force to study the future of Tigerair Taiwan.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel