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Airlines optimistic about Taichung's new airport

CNA , TAIPEI

Despite strong public skepticism over the market prospects and the security of Taichung's newly-opened Chingchuankang (清泉崗) International Airport, various domestic carriers are optimistic about air travel business from central Taiwan to eastern regions and outlying islands.

Both UNI Airways and Mandarin Airlines -- the only two aviation companies that have set up service counters at the airport -- said that they are confident of good business.

According to UNI Airways officials, a special air-sea transport package designed by the carrier to help Taiwanese businessmen based in China to return home via the "small three links" has received positive response since its inception last month, while it also runs 14 flights from Taichung to the frontline island of Kinmen each day.

Meanwhile, one of the three historic charter flights organized by the Taichung Chamber of Commerce (TCC) in cooperation with China Airlines to mark the airport's opening left from Taichung for Tokyo on Friday morning and arrived at Narita Airport later the same day with 158 passengers.

TCC Chairman Lai Cheng-i (賴正鎰) said he strongly believes that the airport will give a boost to central Taiwan's tourism and traffic development and he expressed the hope that it could launch regular commercial flights as early as possible.

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