Taiwanese airlines rapidly ramping up flights as borders open | Taiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – EVA Air is expected to triple its flights in October, while China Airlines will increase flights by 50% in light of news that Taiwan will open its borders in two stages.

On Thursday, September 22, Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) announced that the Cabinet had approved the first stage of easing border restrictions for Taiwan, with the changes to come into effect on September 29, while the second stage is expected to take effect on October 13.

In anticipation of the opening of borders, EVA Air has gradually increased its flights and resumed flights to certain destinations since July. According to passenger statistics provided by EVA Air, there are 37 to 39 flights per week to North America in September and this will increase to 49 flights per week in October.

Its Southeast Asia routes see 51 weekly flights in September and that figure will rise to 71 weekly flights in October, including a resumption of the Taipei-Bali route. EVA Air routes to Northeast Asia operate 15-16 times per week in September and this figure will increase to 20 times per week in October.

European routes that currently fly 15 times a week in September will increase to 20 a week in October. The carrier will also open its Taipei-Milan and Taipei-Munich routes.

EVA Air was quoted by CNA as saying its passenger flights in October would triple from June and it would increase the number of flights ahead of the government’s plan to gradually open the country’s border in stages.

In response to Japan’s announcement to open its borders to tourism on October 11, EVA Air said it would restore its popular routes to Northeast Asia, including services to Hokkaido, Okinawa , Haneda and Gimpo.

As for China Airlines, in response to market demand after the announcement of the relaxation of border controls, the airline is rapidly increasing flights. From October to December, it plans to increase the number of flights by 50 percent and operate nearly 300 round-trip passenger flights every week, CNA reported.

China Airlines said that among its Northeast Asia routes, the Taoyuan-Hokkaido-Sapporo route resumed on Aug. 23 and the Taoyuan-Okinawa route will be restarted on Oct. 25, with one flight per day. In October, the Northeast Asia sector will see an increase from 30 flights per week to more than 100 flights per week, with additional flights to Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Inchon and Seoul.

The airline is also optimistic about the commercial and tourism markets for its Southeast Asian routes. It resumed the Taoyuan-Bali route on September 2 and will increase it to four flights per week in November and five flights per week in December.

The Taoyuan-Cebu route in the Philippines will start on December 1 with four flights per week. The number of flights to other Southeast Asian routes and to Hong Kong will continue to increase in October.

Moreover, China Airlines will launch Taoyuan-Da Nang route on January 2 next year, with weekly flights. From January 20, the Taoyuan-Chiang Mai route will be launched with four flights per week.

As for long-haul routes, the airline will continue to increase flights to Los Angeles, Ontario, Vancouver and New York in North America; Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London in Europe; and Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland and Melbourne in Oceania.

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