EVA Air pre­par­ing to begin ser­vices to Istanbul in ’16; code­share to ap­ply

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

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.

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