China Airlines Ltd (CAL, 中華航空) will add 27 passenger flights a week to its Japan routes, a 30 percent increase, by next March, CAL president Sun Huang-hsiang (孫洪祥) said yesterday.
Sun said the company is optimistic about global economic development next year and as a result, it has decided to increase its Japan-bound passenger flights to 119 per week, he said.
The additional flights will include seven flights to Osaka, seven to Fukuoka, four to Nagoya and one to Tokyo, Sun said.
The carrier is also planning to add eight more flights to Kagoshima, Shizuoka and Toyama next year.
In addition, it plans to increase flight services on routes between Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) and cities in China, and between Songshan and Gimpo, South Korea, Sun said.
In terms of cargo transport -services, CAL plans to develop its cargo center in Osaka into a transport hub for cargo shipment services within Japan and from Japan to the US, South Korea and China.
CAL is looking at the Southeast Asia-Europe cargo shipment market as a new area for development.
The carrier yesterday inaugurated a self-help check-in counter and a new office at Songshan airport as part of its efforts to promote electronic services.