Lo­cal air­lines eye cross-strait tran­sit prof­its

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Top man­age­ment at China Air­lines (CAL) and EVA Air­ways (EVA), the two largest air­lines in Tai­wan, said they are op­ti­mistic about the mar­ket per­spec­tive fol­low­ing the up­com­ing re­al­iza­tion of cross-strait tran­sits, which al­lows Chi­nese na­tion­als to tran­sit through Tai­wan.

CAL Chair­man Sun Hungh­siang ( ) and EVA Pres­i­dent Austin Cheng ( ) told CNA at the re­cently con­cluded an­nual In­ter­na­tional Air­line Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion's (IATA) meet­ing in Miami, Florida ear­lier this week that the new pol­icy could drive mar­ket growth sig­nif­i­cantly.

The pol­icy could at­tract Chi­nese pas­sen­gers, who used to trans­fer via Ja­pan, South Korea or Hong Kong for the United States, to trans­fer in Tai­wan he said.

At present, Tai­wanese trav­el­ers can make tran­sit stops in China en route to other coun­tries, but China does not al­low its na­tion­als to do so through Tai­wan, which has put Tai­wanese air­lines at a sig­nif­i­cant dis­ad­van­tage rel­a­tive to their re­gional ri­vals.

Bei­jing fears that na­tion­als show­ing their pass­ports in Tai­wan dur­ing tran­sit stops or lay­overs will sig­nal that it sees Tai­wan as a coun­try.

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