Flights be­tween Tai­wan, main­land to see in­crease

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By WANG YING and XIE YU in Shang­hai

More char­ter flights will fly be­tween the main­land and Tai­wan dur­ing the com­ing Spring Fes­ti­val break as the crossS­traits re­la­tion­ship warms and eco­nomic ties be­come closer.

Fan Liqing, spokes­woman for the Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil, said at a news con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day that there will be no cap on the to­tal num­ber of di­rect cross-Straits flights from Jan 17 to Feb 14.

The no- cap pol­icy, agreed to by civil avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties on both sides of the Straits, is ex­pected to ben­e­fit trav­el­ers, as a great num­ber of flight routes will be added in some cities.

Be­tween Tai­wan and Shang­hai’s Pudong In­ter­na­tional Air­port, air­lines will add 210 flights, twice the num­ber in the past Lu­nar New Year hol­i­day, Fan said.

So far, more spe­cific in­for­ma­tion on the hol­i­day flight sched­ules have not come out, ac­cord­ing to a spokesman for China East­ern Air­lines.

But this year, with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of two more air­lines, the price of plane tick­ets be­tween the main­land and Tai­wan is likely to drop.

Spring Air­lines Co, the na­tion’s only bud­get car­rier, and Juneyao Air­lines Co both an­nounced re­cently the launch of di­rect flights be­tween Shang­hai and Taipei.

Both car­ri­ers have ap­plied to launch char­tered flights dur­ing Spring Fes­ti­val.

“The Civil Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China is re­view­ing our ap­pli­ca­tion at the mo­ment,” said Zhang Wu’an, spokesman for Spring Air­lines.

The bud­get car­rier said it in­tends to lower trav­el­ing costs be­tween Shang­hai and Tai­wan, even dur­ing the Spring Fes­ti­val.

Spring Air­lines cur­rently of­fers tick­ets be­tween the two cities with prices 30 to 40 per­cent lower than the mar­ket av­er­age. On its web­site, the ticket price is as low as 430 yuan ($70).

“Due to high ticket prices and the short flight dis­tance, flights across the Straits are one of the most prof­itable routes for Chi­nese air­lines,” said Li Lei, an in­dus­trial an­a­lyst with Minzu Se­cu­ri­ties, a bro­ker­age firm based in Bei­jing. Con­tact the writ­ers at wang_y­ing@chi­ and xieyu@chi­

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