EVA Air preparing to begin services to Istanbul in ’16; codeshare to apply
EVA Air, Taiwan’s second- largest carrier, said it will operate services between Taipei and Istanbul starting next year in hopes of attracting leisure and business travelers to transfer via Turkey.
EVA said its new services will allow smoother flight connections to the major cities in Europe — including Frankfurt, Barcelona, Lisbon, Copenhagen and Stockholm — because it takes no more than two to three hours from Istanbul.
On Thursday, EVA launched code-share services with Turkish Airlines, which currently operates daily flights between Taipei and Istanbul.
Regarding Taipei- Istanbul service by EVA itself next year, the code-sharing program will be applied reciprocally with Turkish Airlines placing its code on EVA- operated flights, according to EVA.
Once in operation, passengers from both airlines will benefit from a higher number of combined flight frequencies for better connectivity and increased travel flexibility between the two countries, it said.
The two carriers are both members of Star Alliance, one of the three largest passenger airline strategic alliances in the world. leased Friday by the Ministry of the Interior.
The figure represents an increase of 69,662, or 0.3 percent, from the year-earlier level, representing an average increase of 191 people per day, the ministry said.
Compared with last year, the number of men in Taiwan rose by 18,798, or 0.16 percent, to 11.70 million, while that of women jumped by 50,864, or 0.43 percent, to 11.75 million. For every 100 women, there were 99.57 men.
The population of women in Taiwan surpassed that of men for the first time in November 2013, and the trend has continued since then, the ministry said.
Among the reasons for the greater number of women are the immigration of foreign female spouses, advances in the average lifespan of women, and the ban on fetal gender screening.
Compared with last year, Kinmen County recorded the highest population growth of any administrative district in Taiwan at 5 percent, followed by Taoyuan City at 1.68 percent and Hsinchu County at 1 percent.
The population of Chiayi County, meanwhile, decreased by 0.97 percent, that of Nantou County fell by 0.79 percent, and that of Pingtung County dropped by 0.73 percent.