Mandarin Airlines (華信) is scheduled to begin offering regular charter flight services from Chingchuankang (CCK) International Airport in Taichung to Seoul next Tuesday, corporate sources said yesterday.
The charter flights, departing CCK Airport at 2:30pm and returning at around 9pm the same day, will mark the first regular international flight services ever to be operated from any airport in central Taiwan.
This service will facilitate trips to South Korea by passengers from central Taiwan, who will no longer have to head first to Kaohsiung or Taoyuan.
The service will also help attract Korean tourists to Taiwan and make Taichung the first stop of their Taiwan tours.
Mandarin Airlines, an offshoot of China Airlines (華航), will operate eight charter flights to and from Seoul from Tuesday to Nov. 14, then increase the number of the regular charter flights to twice per week, departing at the same time each Wednesday and Saturday.
Limited by CCK International Airport's facilities, the airline will use a medium-range Forkk-100, which has a capacity of about 100 passengers, on the route.
According to Mandarin Airlines, seats for the first regular charter flight on Tuesday have been fully booked, while seats on the return flight are about 95 percent booked, largely by members of the South Korean media and travel agency operators.
Opened as an international airport on March 5, CCK Airport has been ignored by most international air carriers because it is not ready to accommodate the types of aircraft commonly used on international routes.