TransAsia to fly to Tokyo
TransAsia Airways (復興航空) yesterday said it would launch direct flights between Taipei and Tokyo on Sept. 26. The Tokyo route will be the ninth Japanese destination served by TransAsia. It was planned under an extended open skies agreement between the two countries, which allows Taiwanese carriers to increase their scheduled services to certain Japanese destinations, the airline said. TransAsia will operate daily round trip flights to Tokyo, which will take a little over three hours each way. China Airlines and EVA Airways are currently the only domestic carriers offering direct flights between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport.
Kolkata office opened
The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) opened an office in Kolkata, India, on Wednesday to help expand business opportunities for Taiwanese businesspeople. It is the third TAITRA office in India. The others are in Mumbai and Chennai. Speaking at the opening ceremony, TAITRA vice chairman Gee San (單驥) said the consumption power in India cannot be underestimated. India’s GDP was US$1.8 trillion last year, while its purchasing power parity-based GDP was US$4.6 trillion, he said, citing IMF figures. In the first half of this year, Taiwan’s exports to India totaled US$1.77 billion, an increase of 4.6 percent year-on-year, he said.